International Human Rights Award

International Human Rights Award

The United Nations Association of Boulder County is soliciting nominations for our annual International Human Rights Award!

The award was established in 1996 to recognize individuals in Boulder County who have contributed substantially during the previous year or over a longer period of time to making the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights a living, vital, and effective document. This 1948 declaration identifies such human rights as the right to life, liberty, and security of person, the right to privacy and freedom of movement, the right to an education, and the right to an adequate standard of living, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care. If you know someone who should be recognized for their international contributions to human rights, you are encouraged to make a nomination.

Letters of nomination should be addressed to The Board of Directors, UNA-USA Boulder County and submitted as an email attachment in PDF format to Ambrosia Pardue at a.parduelee@gmail.com. Each candidate must be nominated by two individuals. The nominating Letters should include the candidate’s contributions to the advancement of international human rights, describing specific activities and when this work was accomplished. Nominating letters must be received by 12:00 noon, Friday 17 November. Any questions concerning the award or the nominating process should be emailed to Ambrosia Pardue. A list of previous recipients can be found below.

The recipient of the International Human Rights Award will be honored with a reception near the date of Human Rights Day, which falls on December 10. All nominators and nominees, their friends and family are welcome to attend. The recipient and the time and place of the award ceremony will be announced by 30 November.

Please help us honor a Boulder County humanitarian with a nomination for this award. We look forward to your submission.


Each year beginning in 1996, our Chapter has recognized a Boulder County resident for outstanding service in promoting, advancing or educating the public about the international protection of human rights. Inspired by the creation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the award was first conferred in 1996. Recipients speak at a reception in their honor which is held on (or near) December 10th, Human Rights Day.

Jan Arney, 2016 recipient

Here are the past winners and brief accounts of their works:

1996 Ellen Moore
Co-Director, Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network.

1997 Bruce Montgomery   
Norlin Library Archivist — amassed the largest academic repository of international human rights abuse materials in the country.

1998 Bill Cohen 
Led an effort to get hundreds of Russians, many of them Jews, out of the Soviet Union and resettled in the Boulder-Denver area.

1999 Roy Young 
Created and funded three foundations to help third-world countries protect environmental rights.

2000 Inge Sargent    
President of Burma Lifeline, a charity devoted to helping Burmese refugees survive in countries bordering Burma.

2001 Richard Kraft 
Led a campaign to help fund orphanages in some of Africa’s poorest countries.

2002 Le Roy Moore   
Helped train Russians for environmental and human rights protection work, during the last years of the Soviet Union and the first years of the new Russia.

2003 Jean Gore   
Past national president and long-time leader, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

2004 Julia Shaw  
Creator and Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights.

2005 Dr. Richard Cross 
Since 1995, leads eye health teams to Jamaica. Treated more than 200 cases of severe eye disease in first ten years.

2006 Eric Glustrom    
In 2002, at age 17, created Educate!, a foundation that raises money to keep refugees and other poor students in school in Uganda.

2007 Carl Tinstman    
Helped direct a joint UNICEF and WHO program of polio eradication that has nearly wiped out the disease world wide.

2008 Dr. Bernard Amadei
Founded Engineers Without Borders which supports community-driven programs of sustainable development worldwide.

2009 Torkin Wakefield
Founded BeadforLife®: Eradicating Poverty One Bead at a Time, an international non-profit that works with women in Uganda, Europe, and North America.

2010 Ellen Marshall
During a lifetime of work in legislative and policy roles, and now with the Good Works Group, an affiliate of the UN Foundation, Ellen has been a major player in promoting the rights of women worldwide.

2011 Doctors Christine and David Hibbard
In 2005, the Hibbards founded the Kisiizi Malaria and Health Care Project at the Kisiizi Hospital in a remote part of Uganda. As a psychotherapist and trauma counselor, Christine helped men, women, and children in Kosovo survive the grief and devastation of genocide,and she has used her conflict resolution skills in Israel.

2012  Sally and Darryl Brown
Founders of the Boulder-Kisumu Sister City Committee, the Browns raise funds and help complete sanitation and clean-water systems in slum-area schools in Kisumu, Kenya, where they are also building a sustainable poultry project for widows.

2013  Bay Roberts and Patty Gilbert
Founders of One School at a Time, they raise funds for schools and children in Uganda.

2014  Paula Palmer
Since the 1960s she has helped Indigenous communities throughout the world record their histories, defend their rights, and prevent environmental destruction. She facilitates a workshop titled Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.”

2015 Kathryn Louise Meyer
Active in Zonta International through Zonta Foothills Club on behalf UN programs including Sustainable Development Goals and CEDAW (Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women).

2016 Jan Arney
Founder, in 2010, and Executive Director of Partners in Parenting Haiti, a model foster care program for orphaned children in Jeremie, Haiti