Mexican Graciela Pérez Rodriguez wins Human Rights Tulip 2017

The winner of the Dutch Human Rights Tulip 2017 award is the Mexican Graciela Pérez Rodriguez, She has won the Human Rights Tulip 2017 for her efforts to get justice for the many forced disappearances in Mexico – including her family.

The annual award, which consists of a bronze sculpture, € 100,000 and a training and outreach programme by Justice and Peace, was awarded in Het Nutshuis on December 8 by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Halbe Zijlstra.

“This ceremony is not a cause for celebration. Also, because the global context is an alarming one. The trends aren’t pointing in the right direction. Fundamental values and human rights are under pressure. All the reports agree: the space for civil society is shrinking.”

– Minister Halbe Zijlstra

“I know that with this award we can start what we have always wanted to do: systematic and permanent search, because we cannot talk about the identification of a person if they are not searched. I know that I will find many. That is why I receive this flower of hope, this Tulip, on behalf of all the women and men we are looking for in Mexico.”

– Graciela Perez Rodriguez


The Tulip ceremony was held amidst our exhibition SHRINKING SPACE. The exhibition consisted of an installation for the thousands of people living in Mexico who annually disappear (by SMX Collective) and a photo series about (self)censorship in the Russian art world by the photographer Nadezhda Titova. Het Nutshuis, Fonds1818 and the Royal Academy of Visual Arts Arts The Hague made the exhibition possible.

Photos by: Aad Meijer