Democracy promotion and human rights diplomacy are often assumed to be American conceits, but we are not alone. Among recently-created democracy efforts, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy deserves mention. Founded in 2003, the Foundation is engaged in a full spectrum of activities, from the practical to the academic (for example, they publish the Taiwan Journal of Democracy, a lively forum of informative work that bears a family resemblance to the Journal of Democracy). They also give an award for Asian democracy and human rights activists. We focus on North Korea, so there is plenty to work with; if you have favorites, let us know through the comment section below and we will pull together a list.
The 2013 call for nominations is reprinted below.
2013 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Each year, the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award is awarded to one individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of democracy or human rights in Asia through peaceful means. As the first national democracy assistance foundation in Asia, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy is committed to supporting courageous individuals and groups who build democracy, stand up for justice and defend human rights, especially those in our home region.
The Award consists of a sculpture and a US$100,000 grant from the TFD to support the ongoing work of the laureate, to be presented at an official ceremony in Taipei on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.
Nominations are open to the public from April 1st, and TFD Chairman Wang Jin-pyng invites you to send us your nomination for the 2013 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.
To submit a nomination, please download the official 2013 ADHRA Nomination Form and refer to the enclosed instructions. All nomination materials are due no later than June 30, 2013.
For more information, please contact the TFD at firstname.lastname@example.org or +886-2-2708-0100 ext. 218.