John Humphrey Freedom Award (April 15)

John Humphrey Freedom Award
The John Humphrey Award is presented to an organization or individual from any region of the world including Canada for outstanding achievement in the promotion of democratic development or respect for human rights. The Award consists of a $30,000 grant and a speaking tour of Canadian cities to increase public awareness of the laureate's work. The award is named in honour of the late John Peters Humphrey, the Canadian law professor who prepared the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


  • The nominee (individual or organization) must be committed to peace and non-violence.
  • Preference is given to those working in the field for the benefit of developing countries, under conditions hostile to the recognition and application of democratic values and basic human rights.
  • Preference will be given to those working in Rights & Democracy's priority areas based on its two-fold mission: the promotion of democratic development and respect for human rights as outlined in the International Bill of Human Rights.
  • The Award is not given posthumously nor to an organization that is no longer active.
  • Staff or board members (past or current) of Rights & Democracy are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.

An International Jury
The winner will be selected by an international jury composed of five members of Rights & Democracy's Board of Directors.