Civil Courage Prize
The Civil Courage Prize is a human rights award which recognizes "steadfast resistance to evil at great personal risk — rather than military valor." The prize was founded in 2000 by the Northcote Parkinson Fund. The goal of the prize is not to create a "ranking", but "to draw attention individually to some extraordinary heroes of conscience." It was inspired by the example of Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
In 2007, the Northcote Parkinson Fund's name was changed to the The Train Foundation in recognition of the contributions of the family of investment advisor John Train, the fund's primary donor.
In 2012, the board of trustees consisted of eight members:
- John Train (chair)
- Edward Streator, former US diplomat
- Louis N. Bickford, Director of Operations for Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
- Ariadne Calvo-Platero, journalist
- Musa T. Klebnikov, Paul Klebnikov Fund executive director
- John K. Menzies, Dean of Seton Hall University's Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations
- Enid C.B. Schoettle, international affairs consultant
- Ann Brownell Sloane, adviser from GHS Philanthropy Management
Since 2000, the foundation has awarded the Civil Courage Prize one or two activists each year. The prize comes with a $50,000 honorarium. Nominations are accepted from international non-governmental organizations, while unsolicited nominations are discouraged. The award ceremony is held in New York City or London in October of each year. Keynote speakers have included British historian Michael Howard, US journalist Jon Meacham, British Home Secretary Douglas Hurd, and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
Seven posthumous award winners have also been named, ranging from Swedish businessman Raoul Wallenberg, who worked to save the lives of Hungarian Jews during World War II, to Indonesian human rights activist Munir Said Thalib, assassinated in 2004. In 2004 and 2005, the Foundation also awarded "Certificates of Distinction in Civil Courage" to selected prize finalists. The certificates included honorariums of $1,000 apiece.
|2001||Paul Kamara||Sierra Leone|||
|2002||Vladimiro Roca Antúnez||Cuba|||
|2005||Min Ko Naing||Burma|||
|2006||Rafael Marques de Morais||Angola|||
|2007||Phillip Buck||United States|||
|2009||Aminatou Haidar||Western Sahara|||
|2011||Lydia Cacho Ribeiro||Mexico|||
|Honorees||Year of death||Country||Ref.|
|Abdul-Latif Ali al-Mayah||2004||Iraq|||
|Munir Said Thalib||2004||Indonesia|||
|Neelan Tiruchelvam||1999||Sri Lanka|||
Certificates of Distinction in Civil Courage
|Honoree||Year of death||Country||Ref.|
|2004||Dan Que Nguyen||Vietnam|||
|Raphael Wakenge||Democratic Republic of the Congo|||
|2005||Rajan Hoole||Sri Lanka|||
|Kopalasingam Sritharan||Sri Lanka|||
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