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The purpose of the award is to recognize the work of diplomats accredited in Cuba whose performance has been characterized by providing recognition, support and encouragement to Cuban democratic actors and their efforts in the defense of human rights and political pluralism.
The ceremony was opened by Dirk-Jan Vermeij, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and then, Gabriel Salvia, presented a video on the seventh edition of the "Award for diplomacy committed to human rights in Cuba".
Carolina Barrero, a Cuban activist forced into exile, spoke about Bastiaan Engelhard's work during his mission in Cuba.
After receiving the plaque from the Cuban activist, the diplomat from the Netherlands, Bastiaan Engelhard, gave the closing remarks.