Gisha nominated for the Human Rights Tulip award

Tuesday, August 29, 2017: Israeli human rights organization Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement has been nominated for the prestigious Human Rights Tulip, awarded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for promoting human rights in innovative ways. Gisha is one of ten candidates to receive the award in 2017, and the only Israeli human rights organization nominated this year.

The ten nominees selected by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will participate in a weeklong voting process, which is open to the public. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders will choose the winner out of the top three candidates, voted for by the public. The winner of the award will receive training and support worth €25,000, and an additional €75,000 for the expansion and development of work for the protection of human rights.

Gisha is an Israeli not-for-profit organization, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially residents of the Gaza Strip. Gisha, whose name means both “access” and “approach,” works to protect the rights of Palestinian through representation of individuals and organizations in Israeli administrative proceedings and courts, and advocacy before both members of the public and decision-makers, promoting responsible policies and informed public discussion that respect human rights in the Palestinian Territory. Because freedom of movement is a precondition for exercising other basic rights, Gisha’s work has a multiplier effect in helping residents of the occupied territory to access education, jobs, and family members.

Gisha Executive Director Tania Hary remarked on the nomination: “It’s an honor to be nominated alongside so many brave individuals and organizations working to advance human rights around the world. We see the nomination as a recognition of the need to protect the right to freedom of movement for Gaza’s nearly two million civilians. It’s not zero-sum. Their human rights and regional security are actually complementary.”

For more information on the Human Rights Tulip Award, see here.
For more information on Gisha’s work to promote human rights, see here.