The recipient is a living person.
The recipient is associated or connected with BC.
There has to be a positive, tangible outcome, e.g., advancing human rights, as a result of the action.
The acts were carried out at significant personal, physical or psychological risk; or the acts followed physical or psychological oppression of the individual.
The recipient made extraordinary and courageous efforts to help others with respect to social justice and/or human rights by standing up against gross injustice or hardship.
The recipient engaged in acts which defied unjust laws, norms, conventions or unethical behaviours of the time or within the context in which the acts took place.
Acts carried out outside of BC would be seriously considered (just as Wallenberg and Sugihara’s acts involved foreign issues).