Martin Ennals Award 2017

Oct/10 18:00 - Oct/10 21:00

Dufour University (Uni Dufour)

Rue Général-Dufour, 24

1204 Genève


The City of Geneva and the Martin Ennals Foundation

have the honor to invite you to the

2017 Martin Ennals Award ceremony 
Tuesday October 10, 2017 - 6.00 pm - Uni Dufour, Geneva

This ceremony is open to the public.


As part of its long standing engagement for promotion of peace and human rights, the City of Geneva is proud to organize, in partnership with the Martin Ennals Foundation, the 24thCeremony of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The ceremony will be held in French and in English at Uni Dufour, Jean-Piaget auditorium (U 600) at 6 pm. This ceremony will open the Human Rights Week organized by the University of Geneva.

Screening of documentaries on the finalists and reception

Short documentaries on the life of these finalists will be screened for the first time, giving a glimpse of their fight and the particularly difficult conditions in which they work. The evening will conclude with a reception hosted by the City of Geneva, allowing the 2017 finalists, the Geneva community of human rights and the public to exchange in an informal setting. Please register to attend the ceremony. Last year’s film portraits can be seen here.

Keynote and award given by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR)

Mrs Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High-Commissioner for Human Rights will hand out the award to the laureate and give a keynote address on the human rights situation around the world.

The Martin Ennals Award

More than just an award on human rights, the Martin Ennals Award protects women and men who have shown deep commitment and courage in the face of great personal risk. The Award reaches its objective through increased public visibility of the finalists and through a set of advocacy actions. Financial support is also provided to the finalists to support their activities.

Often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of human rights”, the Martin Ennals Award is a unique partnership between ten global human rights organizations, who act as the independent Jury for this Award, as part of their role to protect and promote human rights around the world.

Fore more information

- Learn about the 2017 finalists on the Martin Ennals Award website


The 2017 Martin Ennals Award on social media:

- its Facebook event

- on Twitter: @martinennals #Ennals2017

10/10/2017 - 18:00 to 21:00

Dufour University (Uni Dufour)

Rue Général-Dufour, 24

1204 Genève