Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award – BIANNUAL PRIZE


The Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award recognizes the efforts of individuals who have achieved major breakthroughs or shown exceptional courage in their efforts to advocate for human rights in the field of HIV. The award is supported by the IAS and the Foundation for AIDS Research amfAR to pay a lasting tribute to Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who has been a highly visible, vocal, and relentless champion of human rights in the HIV field.

From the early days of the AIDS epidemic until her passing in March 2011, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, amfAR’s Founding International Chairman, was one of the strongest advocates for the respect of human rights of all people living with or affected by HIV.

The Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award, which will be awarded every two years at the IAS convened International AIDS Conferences, came into effect in 2012 and was awarded for the first time at the opening ceremony of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012). The Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award is a recognition award, with no monetary value. The prize consists of a statue and a certificate setting forth the reasons for the award.



Previous Award Winners


2014 Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award

Paul Semugoma, Uganda, in recognition of his outstanding efforts to advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV.


2012 Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award

Arash and Kamiar Alaei, Iran, in recognition of their efforts to advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV.