Partners and Sponsors
In the first 10 years of its existence the Martin Ennals Foundation
(MEF) relied on ad hoc funding by a large variety of donors. For
an accumulative list see the next page.
As from 2004 , the MEF has started to work on
the basis of multi-year funding for its longer-term development
programme that aims at expanding the impact of the award. For the
period 2004 – 2010, the MEF has received crucial support
from several donors, in particular
Oxfam Novib (http://www.novib.nl/) is a Dutch foundation set up on 23 March 1956. In 1994 Novib
joined Oxfam International, which is an alliance of 13 independent organizations that work together on
the basis of the conviction that poverty and exclusion are unjust and unnecessary. So, the vision of Oxfam
Novib is to consider poverty as an injustice, and to work for basic rights for everyone, particularly to
enable poor people to claim their basic rights. In this regard, Oxfam Novib has the Martin Ennals Award for
Human Rights Defenders as partner because it provides an innovative and effective tool to give protection
to human rights defenders in their work
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
The mandate of the Swiss
Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is based on the
Federal Law on International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian
Aid. One of the main areas of action for SDC is to support human
rights, the rule of law, and democracy. Human rights are a strategic
objective of Swiss development policy, as defined in the relevant
guidelines formulated by the SDC, which regard the rule of law,
democracy, and respect for human rights as universally valid principles
without which lasting development is impossible. On this basis,
SDC is supporting the consolidation and development of the Martin
Ennals Award as a mean to enhance the visibility and protection
of human rights defenders, and a way to build awareness and recognition
for their work.
Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland
An Roinn Gnóthaí Eachtracha
The philosophy of Irish Aid is rooted in Ireland’s foreign policy, in particular its objectives of peace and justice.
Successive Governments have attached priority to human rights in terms of Ireland’s foreign policy. In this regard,
its development cooperation reflects the country longstanding commitment to human rights and fairness in international relations.
Ireland is therefore supporting under the Human Rights and Democratisation Scheme the Martin Ennals Award as an innovative instrument
to enhance protection to human rights defenders worldwide. www.irishaid.gov.ie
Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Spain
The promotion and defence of human rights are one of the priorities of Spanish foreign policy. Spain strongly supports the reinforcement of international legal instruments and their effective implementation because the respect of the rule of law is essential for world peace and security. In this regard, Spain is contributing to the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) as a new international tool offering protective publicity to those men and women who are at risk struggling for the respect of human rights and the rule of law in their respective countries.
The Federal Foreign Office - Germany
Germany’s foreign policy holds that in the long run, promoting
human rights, democracy and the rule of law is the most reliable
foundation for peace and stability. In this regard, Germany is supporting
the Martin Ennals Award as an innovative and effective tool to enhance
the visibility and protection of human rights defenders to enable
them to pursue respect for human rights, free from fear of attack,
repression, threats and harassment.
One of Sweden´s most important principles is that global development policy must promote and be marked by respect for human rights. Greater attention should be devoted to upholding the principle of the equal dignity and rights of all human beings regardless of age, sex, ethnic background, beliefs, origins, sexual orientation or disabilities. In this regard, SIDA has sponsored one of the films on the MEA 2007.
“Brot für die Welt” (“Bread for the World”) is a programme of church-related
development aid cooperation under the auspices of “Diakonisches
Werk der EKD”, the Social Services of the Protestant Church in Germany.
The main areas of action for the organization are “Food Security”,
“Access to Basic Social Services” and the Ecumenical “Decade to
Overcome Violence”. In all three areas the promotion of the universally
recognised Human Rights is regarded as crucial. The work of “Brot
für die Welt” consists in the empowerment of its partner organizations
all over the world. This includes taking care for the partners when
they are persecuted or harassed because of their engagement. Hence
“Bread for the world” is supporting the Martin Ennals Award as an
important and effective instrument to improve the protection to
Human Rights Defenders.
In parallel with the federal support, as the international city for human rights, the Ville de Genève is a crucial supporter of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. Its contribution is essential for the development of the Award in Geneva, a recognized world platform for enhancing human rights.
Finland endeavours to promote human rights everywhere in the world and human rights are high on its foreign and security policy agenda. Finland has undertaken to pursue openness in the dialogue and cooperation. Finland strives to promote and strengthen international efforts to advance the rule of law world-wide and in particular wants to give further protection to men and women struggling to defend human rights often at the risk of their lives. For this reason, Finland is supporting the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders
The 10 Jury member organisations contribute substantially
to the work of the MEF. Their cooperation is essential to the success
of the annual award, through their role in disseminating the call
for nominations, in the research on short-listed candidates as well
as in publicity for the award winner and ceremony. The financial
contributions from Jury member cover 10% of the MEA budget. For
links to their website, see home page of the MEA website.
Private Foundations and Individuals
Hendricks Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation (www.barbarahendricks.com)
has been supporting the MEA for several years. Barbara Hendricks
is not only a renowned artist she is also very committed to human
rights and justice issues worldwide. She is Good will Ambassador
for Life to UNHCR. We would also like to thank Mr Rorbert Fulghum for his continued support.