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In 2021, the Geneva Centre initiated the Human Rights Recognition Awards to commemorate International Human Rights Day. This day is observed annually on 10 December to commemorate the adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948.

The Human Rights Recognition Awards offers Three Awards, each of which is presented with a modest financial contribution, as well as an Award of Honour for exceptional contributions. Furthermore, it provides the recipients with a unique opportunity for collaboration, greater visibility, and professional growth.

Through a different theme every year, the awards recognize individuals who dedicate themselves to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Applicants may apply through public calls and by invitation, using the forms available on the Geneva Centre’s website.

The Human Rights Recognition Awards awardees are selected by an international jury of renowned experts with substantial experience in human rights and a former awardee based on the following criteria:

  • Nominee’s work consistent with the year’s theme.
  • Evidence-based proof that this work is beneficial to the local community.
  • Active participation in affiliated initiatives and developed synergies.
  • Balanced geographic and gender representation.

Annually, the Awards are presented online around on the 10th of December.

Embracing a New Chapter in Human Rights Advocacy: The 2024 Human Rights Recognition Awards

In a significant evolution, the Geneva Centre is thrilled to unveil a transformative shift in the 2024 Human Rights Recognition Awards (HRRA). Marking a new era of inclusivity and recognition, this year’s awards will, for the first time, extend honors and recognition beyond individual contributors to include institutions, organizations, and NGOs that play pivotal roles in advancing and safeguarding human rights across the globe.

This expansion of the HRRA celebrates the collective efforts and the impacts of these entities in the human rights field. It acknowledges the increasing complexity of human rights advocacy and the need for a collaborative approach to foster significant and lasting change.

Stay tuned for a milestone tribute that promises to redefine our appreciation for human rights progress and set a new standard for recognition in the global community.



The 2023 HRRA is an exceptional opportunity to acknowledge and pay tribute to women who have showcased outstanding skills, abilities, and innovation in the field of environmental protection and sustainability.

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