FoE heaped praise on the Montreal Action Plan, reported in the press as the most important emissions agreement since 1997's Kyoto Protocol.
Amnesty International came second with its report on CIA 'rendition' flights using Scottish airports.
While the US denied involvement in the torture of terror suspects in foreign jails, the existence of secret prisons in remote locations was widely reported.
Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, was fighting the NGO corner in Russia. it lobbied G8 countries to deter president Vladimir Putin from passing laws that would 'severely restrict NGOs'.
With Russia having taken over the presidency of the G8 on 1 January, Putin will want to avoid controversy over the country's human rights record.