10 Dec. 2021 - Award ceremony for the inaugural 'Stella Soulioti' Human Rights Award

The Award Ceremony of the first annual Human Rights Award "Stella Soulioti" will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Friday, 10 December, International Human Rights Day, at 12.00 noon, and will be streamed live on the Ministry's Facebook page.

he Award was established by a Decision of the Council of Ministers taken on 2 June 2021, based on a proposal submitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and shall hereafter be awarded on an annual basis on 10 December (Human Rights Day), to individuals/groups/Organizations who have demonstrated over the period of the preceding 12 months outstanding work and activity in a field or fileds directly related to the promotion and protection of human rights.

The evaluation of the nominations/ proposals and the selection of the winner is made by a five-member Evaluation Committee comprising the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Chairman), the Minister of Justice, the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights (Ombudsman) and two personalities known for their activity in the field of human rights, who are to be selected to serve on an annual basis upon recommendation by the three ex officio members of the Committee. For the current year, Mr. Alecos Modinos (pioneer activist) and Ms. Tonia Stavrinou (journalist) were invited and have accepted to sit on the Committee.

The Award is accompanied by a prize of 10,000 Euro, which is intended to support the activities of the winning person/group/Organization in the field of protection and promotion of human rights in Cyprus.