Jafarov and Yunus are among the 30 candidates nominated for the 2014 Human Rights Tulip Award

The Human Rights Tulip award is presented by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is given to individuals who have dedicated their lives to defend, promote, and support human rights in innovative ways.

In the past six years since its launch, the award has been given to a variety of institutions and individuals.

The prize of 100,000EUR is awarded to an organization/individual to further develop or expand their cause for the human rights work in their respective countries.

This year, among the 30 candidates selected for the award (the decision making body is Hivos) are two political prisoners from Azerbaijan - Leyla Yunus and Rasul Jafarov.

Public voting for the 2014 Human Rights Tulip award has begun. You can cast your vote here and request an invitation to the award ceremony scheduled for December 9 in the Hague.