2008 United Nations Human Rights Prize

Nominations for the 2008 United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights are open until 15 July 2008. The prize will be awarded at the meeting of the General Assembly on 10 December 2008, as part of the annual commemoration of Human Rights Day which this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Nominations for the 2008 United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights are open until 15 July 2008.  The prize will be awarded at the meeting of the General Assembly on 10 December 2008, as part of the annual commemoration of Human Rights Day which this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights was instituted by the General Assembly in 1966 (Res. 2217/XXI of 19 December 1966), and was awarded for the first time on 10 December 1968 on the occasion of the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Thereafter, the prize has been awarded in 1973, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998 and then in 2003. The prize is honorary in nature and is awarded approximately every five years to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of human rights.

A special committee has been entrusted by the General Assembly with the selection of laureates from nominations sought from Member States, specialized agencies and non–governmental organizations in consultative status and from other appropriate sources, in accordance with the above–mentioned resolution. This committee is composed of the President of the General Assembly, the President of the Economic and Social Council, the President of the Human Rights Council, the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and Chairman of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee.

The Prize is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the awardees themselves, but also to a send a clear message to human rights defenders the world over that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote all human rights for all.

An important feature of the Prize is that nominations can be received from a broad variety of sources: UN Member States, specialized agencies and non–governmental organizations in consultative status and from other appropriate sources.

Additional information about the Prize and the nomination form can be found at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/hrprize2008.aspx).

For additional information please contact Ms. Danila Boneva (New YorkOffice of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Tel. 917 367 36 37, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

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