Human Rights First Calls for Nominations for 29th Annual Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award

WASHINGTON – Human Rights First today announced that nominations are now open for the 2020 Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award. Nominations for the 2020 award are due by June 30.

The 2020 award will go to an individual or organization outside of the United States that has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to human rights advocacy in areas such as the defense of civil society, protection of refugees, combatting of antisemitism and other forms of extremism, promotion of religious freedom, defense of the rights of LGBT persons, and advancement of accountability for human rights abuses, among other topics.

The winner will be selected by a distinguished jury, and will receive a trip to the United States to engage in advocacy, subject to Covid-19-related travel restrictions, as well as a $30,000 prize.*

Named in honor of the principal founder of the American Civil Liberties Union and the International League for Human Rights, the Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award was established in 1989 and is presented in alternating years by Human Rights First (awarded to international human rights advocates) and the ACLU (awarded to advocates in the United States). This year marks the 29th anniversary of the award.

Previous winners of the Baldwin Medal of Liberty include Egyptian activist Kholoud Saber Barakat, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Guatemalan activist Jesús Tecú Osorio, and the Yemeni Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. Additional information about the award, nomination form, and full list of past awardees is available on the award webpage.

Nominations can be made by an individual or an organization. Nominees will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • The nominee’s work is unique or particularly distinctive;
  • The nominee’s work has been effective in advancing human rights in a country other than the United States;
  • The nominee faces risk or insecurity as a result of their work; and
  • The nominee would benefit significantly from receiving the Baldwin Award, in the form of enhanced protection, or in any other way.
  • For further information about the award or the nomination process, please contact Emilee Cutright at [email protected] or (202) 370-3307.

*Where applicable, the prize may be subject to U.S. tax withholding


Published on May 18, 2020


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