International Human Rights Award

What is the Mignone Award?


Selection committee



What is the Mignone Award?

The Emilio F. Mignone International Human Rights Award was established in 2007 by the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship to recognize the work of foreign institutions and/or individuals residing abroad in the promotion and protection of Human Rights.

The award is inspired by the life and work of Emilio F. Mignone, one of the main advocates of human rights in our country and a founding member of the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS).

The award seeks to help the winning organization or individual to raise awareness of the issues on which they work, strengthen the bonds with Argentine civil society organizations, and show appreciation for their commitment to the promotion and defense of human rights in their country of origin.

The selection process is guided by the example set by the tireless fight of Argentine human rights organizations, made up of victims, relatives and human rights advocates who have sought to eradicate impunity for the serious crimes committed in Argentina’s recent past, thereby consolidating the process of Memory, Truth and Justice, and strengthening democratic institutions.

The Award is given every year at a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and attended by officials from the Argentine Secretariat for Human Rights, CELS representatives and the Mignone family. The award ceremony is also attended by government officials, members of human rights organizations, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Argentina, and the general public.

In order to receive the Mignone Award, an invitation will be sent to the winning individual or to a representative of the winning organization to visit the Argentine Republic for a week. This includes economy class flight tickets from their place of residence, accommodation, and a per diem. During their visit to the city of Buenos Aires, the winner will take part in various meetings and activities with government institutions, human rights organizations, academic institutions, the press, etc. The schedule will be agreed upon with the winner based on their specific area of expertise.

The award ceremony will be held, if possible, on 10 December, on the Human Rights Day, designated to commemorate the day in which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.


Selection committee

All nominations received will be evaluated by a Selection Committee made up of the Argentine Secretariat for Human Rights; the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS); the Mignone family and the Directorate for Human Rights of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship.

The Selection Committee will choose three candidates and submit the list to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for a final decision.