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Human of the Year are the annual awards recognising contributions to human rights in Bulgaria.

We are looking for the bold, the steadfast, those with civil courage who are key leaders in the human rights field. We want to distinguish and encourage them. We are looking for particular actions that are a precedent in the human rights sphere, a factor for social development, both innovative and creative.

We are looking for them, because we know that often such actions go unheard and unappreciated.

About Us

The Human of the Year Awards is an initiative of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC). The awards for outstanding contributions to human rights were presented for the first time at an official ceremony in The National Theatre Ivan Vazov on 10 December 2008. Read more about the organisers or the jury.

The Awards

The awards have no financial value — their goal is to distinguish and give publicity to their laureates. They are awarded by a jury to a person or organisation on the basis of objective criteria. The ceremony is held on December 10th, the International Human Rights Day. You can find the full list of laureates from 2008 till today here.

The jury will award the laureates from among all nominations received in the following categories: human rights, animal rights and environmental protection. They will receive a trophy and a diploma. Special prizes (plaque and diploma) will be awarded for Activist of the Year and Journalist of the Year.

Members of the jury who have a personal or professional relationship with a nominee will abstain from participating and voting during the evaluation of that particular nomination.


Everyone (including employees and permanent collaborators of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee) may nominate a person or an organisation. Everyone may vote for Audience Award as well. Everyone can nominate and vote for more than one person or organisations.

Nominations are welcome from October 15th to November 15th. Nominations received after this date will not be considered by the jury. Only the final winners will be published on the website.

Support Platform

The Human Of The Year Awards does not have financial value — their purpose is to spread the word about courageous human rights causes. Nevertheless, everyone can “award” their favourite laureates after the ceremony on December 10th by supporting their work and causes. Thanks to our platform for support, any laureate may announce different ways in which other people can support their cause and work. Thus, anyone can contribute to the causes in which one believes. Support can be expressed in financial donations, expertise, volunteering, etc.

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