The TAMPA Human Rights Award 2020

The TAMPA Human Rights Award – call for nominations

This award has been a feature of RAR, especially at RAR conferences.  It is an award to be presented to a group or individual who has made a selfless and substantial contribution to the welfare of refugees.  The initial award was made on December 10, 2001 – Human Rights Day – to the Captain of the MV Tampa, Captain Arne Rinnan, “for courage, compassion and moral fortitude in rescuing refugees in the high seas”.

The last award, at the 2018 National Conference, went to Behrouz Boochani, for his courage in advocating for the men on Manus, under extremely difficult circumstances.

 

We are now looking for nominations for the 2020 Tampa Human Rights Award.  Nominations can be from RAR groups or individuals.  We encourage you to nominate an individual or group / organization who you believe deserves this award, for their work in contribution to the welfare of refugees and people seeking asylum.

To nominate, please send an email to with the name of the person or group you are nominating, and why you believe they deserve this award.

 

Nominations close on 15 March.

The National Executive will review the nominations and make a decision on the Award.  This will be announced at the close of 2020 Conference, 5 July.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE TAMPA AWARD

2001        

Captain Arne Rinnan, Captain of the MV Tampa

“For courage, compassion and moral fortitude in rescuing refugees in the high seas.”

 

2002      

Mount Isa City Council

“For declaring itself a “refugee friendly city.”

 

2003        

Elaine Smith, (Hastings RAR), Founder of “Home Among the Gum Trees Rural Australians for Refugee.

“For her passionate and unremitting work on behalf of asylum seekers detained on Nauru.”

 

2004        

Rob and Anne Simpson (Bellingen RAR), coordinators of National RAR who took over National

RAR from founders Anne Coomb, Susan Varga, and Helen McCue.

“For their dedication to refugees and their extraordinary contribution to the pro-refugee movement.”

 

2018        

Behrouz Boochani, refugee, journalist, author and advocate.

“For his courage in advocating for the men on Manus, under extremely difficult circumstances.”