Public voting for the 2017 Human Rights Tulip has begun, and runs through Wednesday, September 6.

Anyone wishing to vote can go to www.humanrightstulip.nl and choose which of the 10 nominees they believe deserves the prize the most.

The Human Rights Tulip, an award for defenders of human rights working in innovative ways, was created to encourage activists to share their knowledge and experience.

The Human Rights Tulip is awarded once a year by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who chooses the winner on the basis of the public vote.

On Friday, December 8, the minister will award the winner the bronze Human Rights Tulip statue and a prize worth €100,000. The winner can use the money to further develop his or her innovative contribution to strengthening human rights, and on such a scale that as many people and places benefit as possible.

The nomination round yielded almost 130. These 130 were assessed by Justice and Peace, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and their networks to determine the 10 finalists for the online voting round.

Voting will close at will close at midnight Dutch time on Wednesday, September 6.