Luon Sovath at the UN Headquarters in Geneva on October 1, 2020
Since 1992, the Martin Ennals Foundation supports more than 60 outstanding Defenders in over 20 countries with a prestigious award. Our Finalists and Laureates have made exceptional contributions to human rights causes around the globe. Their work contributes to exposing abuses of power, ensuring the implementation of international agreements on the rights of minorities and vulnerable groups, and denouncing violence against women and girls.
Building on the objectives of the Martin Ennals Award, in 2020 the Foundation launched the Martin Ennals Award Defenders Network, which aims to leverage the synergies between the Martin Ennals community of Human Rights Defenders.
Enhances access of defenders to international human rights mechanisms and other relevant networks.
The Geneva Residency is made possible thanks to the Foundation’s
numerous partnerships and sponsors