The United Nations Prizes in the Field of Human Rights were instituted by United Nations General Assembly [1] in 1966. They are intended to "honour and commend people and organizations which have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other United Nations human rights instruments".

They were first awarded in 1968, and they have been given out at five-year intervals since then. The award ceremony traditionally takes place on 10 December, which the UN has designated Human Rights Day. The recipients are selected by a special committee comprising the presidents of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council and the chairs of the Commission on Human Rights, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

The physical token of the award is a metal plaque bearing the UN seal and an artistic design, and engraved with an appropriate citation. In contrast to the Nobel prizes – and the list of prizewinners shares much common ground with the Nobel Peace Prize in particular – the UN's awards are non-monetary in nature.

1968 Prizewinners

René Cassin

1973 Prizewinners

1978 Prizewinners

Helen Suzman

1988 Prizewinners

Winnie Mandela

1993 Prizewinners

1998 Prizewinners

Jimmy Carter

2003 Prizewinners

2008 Prizewinners

Benazir Bhutto

2013 Prizewinners[4]


  1. ^ इतिहास पुरुषहरुका दृष्टिमा गणेशमान सिंह, Page 131, (Diamond Sumsher Rana), Publisher:Ganesh Man Singh Foundation
  2. ^ Letter to "Mission Pemanente, Du Royamu Du Nepal, Aupres de l'office des Nations Unies, Geneve" by Nepalese Ambassador, Jayaraj Acharya, nominating Ganesh Man Singh for Human Right Award, Page 63, श्रद्धांजली
  3. ^ "Doctor and Advocate: One Surgeon's Global Fight for the Rights of Rape Survivors". Pacific Standard. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  4. ^ https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=46668&Cr=human+rights&Cr1#.UqD7FMRDsQN

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