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15 March 2017
Call for Nominations for the 2017 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards
The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area's (UNA-NCA) annual Human Rights Awards Reception commemorates the UN General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by presenting the Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award, the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award, the F. Allen "Tex" Harris Diplomacy Award, and the Community Human Rights Award to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions in the field of human rights. We invite you to submit your nominations for the 2017 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards.  Please download the document and submit your nomination to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This is an opportunity for you to honor those you know who are working to further human rights, and we are excited to see who this year’s recipients will be.

The Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award is presented to persons who have:

1) Advocated respect for international human rights as defined by the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other international human rights treaties and instruments;
2) Championed the effective role of the UN as well as regional organizations in the promotion and protection of human rights;
3) Advocated respect for human rights as a priority in US foreign and domestic policies; and
4) Elevated the role of non-governmental organizations in promoting and protecting human rights.

The Perdita Huston Human Rights Award is presented to persons who have:

1) Made significant contributions for greater gender equality through increasing economic opportunity, supporting fair and sustainable development, or promoting human rights; and/or
2) Advocated to eliminate discrimination against women and girls around the world, and worked to provide peace and security to vulnerable populations.

The Tex Harris Diplomacy Award is presented to current or former American diplomats who have:

1) Advocated respect in American diplomacy for international human rights as defined by the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights treaties and instruments;
2) Made significant achievements in human rights through the use of diplomacy; and
3) Demonstrated leadership in the diplomatic community on human rights issues.

The UNA-NCA Community Human Rights Award is presented to persons or organizations who have:

1) Provided leadership to advance the cause of human rights through a local group or organization in the Washington, DC, Maryland and/or Northern Virginia area; and
2) Demonstrated personal and professional contributions to advance the cause of human rights in the public, private, and/or non-profit sector.

The deadline for nominations is April 7, and selection begins in May. Please be sure to submit your nomination forms (click to open, then download) to us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Full list of award criteria can be found here and the list of past award recipients can be found here .
 

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