Martine Anstett Prize

Rules and Guidelines

Rules and Guidelines

Each year on 29 April, during a dedicated evening in Paris, members of the Association will give MARTINE ANSTETT PRIZE to a man or a woman notably involved in the defense of Human Rights.


Regardless of gender, age, religion or nationality, the honoree will be awarded a trophy and a check of a minimum amount of 1,000 euros.
The award will be perceived by the recipient as a reward for the work already done but also as an encouragement to continue their efforts in favor of human rights.


Each applicant will have previously sent their application directly or by a letter addressed to the Association Office or via the Association website or by any member of the Association. Each applicant for Martine Anstett Prize should detail their daily action in favor of Human Rights as completely as possible (open letter, testimonials, articles, etc.).

Each application is unique. A person can only apply once a year. However, the reporting of a case - for example, through the Association members, relatives or friends - is permitted. These reports are considered by the jury as testimonies in favor of the applicant. In this case, the Association reserves the right to contact the person directly for further information, if appropriate. Each person who has been contacted and selected by the members of the Board must give his or her agreement when applying for the Prize.
No nomination for Martine Anstett Prize is made possible without the person's knowledge and consent.

No application shall be accepted after the date-period indicated, usually two months before the award ceremony taking place every 29 April. However, applications after the due date remain valid for the following year.


Applications are by postal mail or the Internet. Each application shall be examined, retained (or not) by the Governing Board of the Association, which do not have to motivate their refusal.
A jury of 6 people (2 Association members (the President and another member), 2 members of NGOs and 2 journalists) make a decision after debating on the relative merits of successful applications. Unless there is unanimity on a specific case, a vote follows for the most deserving and possible laureates of Martine Anstett Prize. A second vote follows for declaring the final laureate of Martine Anstett Prize. In case of a tie, the vote of the President of the Association shall count double. The jury is renewed each year, except the President.

Finalists are notified by postal mail or the Internet.


In rare cases when the laureate has to be represented, he or she agrees to come to Paris to receive the Prize. Travel expenses and accommodation will be either partially or fully paid by the Association.

The laureates cannot apply a second time to MARTINE ANSTETT Prize.

Each laureate morally commits to bring to the attention of a number of people the career path of MARTINE ANSTETT, the prize he (or she) has received and never denigrate the Association. Each laureate further agrees that their image and work may be subject to the widest possible dissemination to the public, for example in the case of an article or a TV report.

Each laureate automatically becomes "Honorary Member" of the Association.

Applicants to Martine Anstett Prize solemnly swear never to have been condemned for crimes or offenses detrimental to human dignity.

The Association reserves the right to reject - without discussion or recourse - any applicant who has violated this commitment, or whose case simply looks suspicious.

Each applicant for Martine Anstett Prize accepts the principle of a summary investigation about themselves. If necessary, the Association reserves the right to check some facts mentioned in filing the application.