June 2023

Press Release 

Announcing the Long List for the 2023 Moore Prize For Human Rights Writing

The Christopher G. Moore Foundation is delighted to announce an exciting long list of 14 books that are outstanding in their portrayal of a wide range of human rights themes. The trustees of the Foundation were impressed with the record number of books submitted this year. Each long listed book has been chosen because of its fine quality of writing and ambitious, brave and original approach to highlighting crucial human rights issues across the world.

The 2023 long list titles are as follows (alphabetical by author surname):

These books span the broadest range of geography since the prize was founded, including  Afghanistan, Brazil, Central Africa, Israel, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, United States and Yemen.  They address a wide variety of vital human rights issues:  Rohingyas in exile, war in Ukraine, freedom of expression, forced labour, climate change and migration, the technology of occupation, women’s health care discrimination, institutional child abuse and the role of dictators in oppression across the globe. 

From Christopher G. Moore, Founder of the Moore Prize: “The Foundation has received 65 books on human rights issues, featuring diverse voices from around the world, ranging from a 12-year-old in Ukraine to a Nobel Prize winner in the Philippines. The collection covers past, present and future perspectives on human rights, exploring a variety of issues that have repercussions across our societies. These thought-provoking books amplify often unheard voices, fostering a more inclusive and informed global dialogue on human rights.”

The Moore Prize was established in 2015 to recognise authors who, through their work, contribute to the universality of human rights and to give a platform to human rights issues that deserve greater attention across the world. This unique initiative is awarded annually, as chosen by a panel of judges whose own work focuses on human rights. 

The shortlist will be announced on Wednesday, 15 November, 2023. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 10 January, 2024. The winner of the prize will receive £1,000. 

Notes to Editors:

His books include Crimes Against Humanity, an inspiration for the global justice movement. Geoffrey’s many awards include a Freedom of Information award for his writing and broadcasting, the New York Bar Association’s Award for Distinction in International Laws and Affairs, and the Australian Humanitarian of the Year in 2014.  In 2018 he was awarded an Order of Australia for “his distinguished service to the law and legal profession as an international human rights lawyer and advocate for global civil liberties”.