Following the initiative of the Villa Decius Association, the Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2002-2003) was established in the year 2003 with an aim to promote human rights, democracy and tolerance and had its first edition already in 2004.

Types of assistance offered by the organisation:


Target group: human rights defenders

Operates worldwide 

The Prize is awarded to individuals and organizations from all over the world by the Panel of Judges. The Laureates receive a personal Diploma and a statuette of Sergio Vieira de Mello designed by an outstanding Polish artist, Andrzej Renes. The Prize may also have a financial dimension. The ceremony of awarding the Prize takes place annually in October within the framework of international conferences dedicated to the idea of freedom organized by the Association at the Villa Decius in Krakow.

Please note, any individual or organisation can submit an application of a candidate. Usually, the call is open in June/July.