Human Rights Defenders Tulip Awards
justine-masika-_imagelarge“Anyone who keeps up with the news knows that respect for human rights is not something that can be taken for granted. All around the world, people fall victim to extreme violence, cannot freely develop their potential or live in degrading conditions. Although states all over the world are party to a wide range of human rights instruments, those rights often still have to be fought for.
And that is what human rights defenders do. They are often exposed to danger and meet with a great deal of opposition. Defending human rights takes considerable courage. To emphasise the importance of the work of human rights defenders and to provide moral support to one of them each year, the Dutch government has established the Human Rights Defenders Tulip.

A special focus on human rights defenders is part of a new strategy formulated by the Dutch government in its policy document ‘Human dignity for all’, published in November 2007.” (photo credits:

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp is a member of the jury who selects the Human Rights Defender who will be honored with the award each year. Read more...

10 December, 2008: On the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Justine Masika Bihama was awarded the Human Rights Defenders Tulip. For more information about the Ms. Bihama and the award read more...

The Soetendorp Institute


Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values
Van Wijngaerdenstraat 21
2596 TW The Hague
The Netherlands