Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was created by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial in 1984, now known as the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights to honour individuals around the world who show courage and have made a significant contribution to human rights in their country.

In addition to receiving a financial award, laureates can partner with the RFK Center on projects to advance their human rights work, benefiting from the resources and technologies at the foundation's disposal. Some have achieved their goals, some are in exile from their home country. The majority continue to live in their home country and work with the support of the center to establish the human rights they are working for.

Since 1984, awards have been given to 37 individuals and organizations, from 24 different countries.


Year Laureate[1][2] Country or organization
2019 La Unión del Pueblo Entero United States
Angry Tias & Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley
Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee
2018 Color of Change United States
International Indigenous Youth Council
March For Our Lives
United We Dream
2017 Alfredo Romero Venezuela
2016 Just Leadership USA United States
Andrea C. James
2015 Natalia Taubina Russia
2014 Adilur Rahman Khan Bangladesh
2013 Ragia Omran Egypt
2012 Librada Paz United States
2011 Frank Mugisha Uganda
2010 Abel Barrera Hernández Mexico
2009 Magodonga Mahlangu Zimbabwe
Women of Zimbabwe Arise
2008 Aminatou Haidar Western Sahara
2007 Mohammed Ahmed Abdallah Sudan
2006 Sonia Pierre Dominican Republic
2005 Stephen Bradberry United States
2004 Delphine Djiraibe Chad
2003 Coalition of Immokalee Workers United States
2002 Loune Viaud Haiti
2001 Darci Frigo Brazil
2000 Martin Macwan India
1999 Michael Kpakala Francis Liberia
1998 Berenice Celeyta Colombia
Gloria Florez
Jaime Prieto
Mario Calixto
1997 Sezgin Tanrikulu Turkey
Senal Sarihan
1996 Anonymous Sudan
1995 Kailash Satyarthi India
Nguyen Dan Que Vietnam
Doan Viet Hoat Vietnam
1994 Wei Jingsheng China
Ren Wanding
1993 Bambang Widjojanto Indonesia
1992 Chakufwa Chihana Malawi
1991 Avigdor Feldman Israel
Raji Sourani Palestine
1990 Amilcar Mendez Urizar Guatemala
1989 Fang Lizhi China
1988 Gibson Kamau Kuria Kenya
1987 Kim Geun-tae South Korea
In Jae-keun
1986 Zbigniew Bujak Poland
Adam Michnik
1985 Allan Boesak South Africa
Beyers Naude
Winnie Mandela
1984 CoMadres El Salvador

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Human Rights Award". Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Venezuela's Alfredo Romero named 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award laureate". Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2018.

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