Change to Annual Award Cycle

January 21, 2018

The Martin Ennals Award (MEA) will change its annual award cycle starting with the next Laureate announcement and ceremony. In recent years, the three finalists have been announced in April and the ceremony announcing the Laureate has been held in October. The annual cycle will shift forward by four months. The next Laureate will be announced at the ceremony in February 2019. The three finalists will be announced in October/November 2018.

Thus, we will be reopening nominations with a new deadline of 26 March 2018.

Nominations already submitted for October 2018 will be considered for February 2019.

The new schedule will allow for better advocacy opportunities between the finalist and laureate announcements. It will also come just before the most important session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is held in March.

We would like to thank our Jury, our donors, and the City of Geneva, who host the ceremony for their ongoing support in this change.