Applications are now open for the 2016 “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, awarded by the Prime Minister of the French Government.


This Prize, which was set up in 1988, is awarded in recognition and support for the completion of individual or collective projects carried out in the field, in France or abroad, regardless of nationality or borders and linked to one of the two themes for 2016 :

Theme 1 : defending and protecting migrants.

Migrants account for 3.2% of the world population ; this figure includes refugees fleeing persecution or the threat of persecution, environmentally displaced persons and those who leave their country seeking work. This percentage has remained fairly stable for years, but these movements, whether voluntary or imposed, are now driven by more complex factors and affect a wider range of destinations. All regions of the world and all population groups are now concerned.

Theme 2 : representing and defending the rights of disabled people under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

People with disabilities are often among the most marginalized and encounter unique and specific difficulties when it comes to exercising their fundamental rights. For a long time, it was assumed that these difficulties were a natural, inevitable consequence of their physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment. In 2006, the entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities marked a radical change in the existing approaches to disabilities and encouraged a shift from a medical approach to a societal one. In the Convention, the emphasis is no longer on a condition that is perceived as a personal defect and considered a weakness or a disease. On the contrary, the Convention views disability as a “pathology of society”, in other words, the result of society’s inability to accept the person’s differences and be fully inclusive. It is society that must change, not the individual, and the Convention actually sets out a roadmap for this change.

Five prize winners will be invited to Paris for the official ceremony. They will receive a medal and share a total sum of €70,000, awarded by the Prime Minister.
Five runners-up will be awarded a special medal by the French ambassador in their country of origin.

3 - Applications must comply with the prize regulations.
The prize regulations are available upon request. They can also be found on the CNCDH website : http://www.cncdh.fr/fr/prix/prix-des-droits-de-lhomme .
4 - The application, which must be written in French, must include :
a) A letter of application presented and signed by the president or legal representative of the NGO concerned, or by the individual candidate.
b) The application form, which is attached to this call for applications and can be downloaded from the CNCDH website : http://www.cncdh.fr/fr/prix/prix-des-droits-de-lhomme .

This form presents the project objective and means of operation in detail. A precise budget must be given (preferably with equivalent values given in euros).
c) A presentation of the NGO concerned (statutes, operations, etc.).
d) The postal address and bank details of the NGO or the individual candidate.

Candidates must submit their complete application, before the deadline of 30 September 2016, to the Secretariat-General of the CNCDH :
 35, rue Saint-Dominique - 75007 Paris - France
 or by email to : cncdh@cncdh.pm.gouv.fr

Once the panel has announced the results, the 2016 Prize will be awarded in Paris by the Prime Minister, around 10 December 2016.

Dernière modification : 11/09/2016

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