Human rights

  • France’s commitment to gender equality around the world

    Gender inequality continues to be an issue around the world, and has even worsened in some regions. To address this problem, France is enhancing the effectiveness and consistency of the gender actions in its development assistance and external action policies. Its third international strategy on gender equality for 2018-2022 is a steering tool that has been designed to coordinate actions over the next five years and improve the situation of women worldwide. This strategy reflects the French President’s international commitment to making gender equality the main focus of his term.

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  • Human Rights and the Rule of Law: The Franco-German Prize

    Symbol of Germany and France’s shared values, illustrating their commitment to protecting and promoting human rights, the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law was created in 2016 by the foreign ministers of our two countries.

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  • A series of events around the International Human Rights Day

    In Colombo and Kandy, several events will take place to celebrate the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly and the proclamation on December 10th, 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They will be spread out from November 28th to December 11th in partnership with the French Development Agency, the Colombo Short Film Festival, the Alliance Française de Kotte, the German embassy, the Netherlands Embassy and many French NGOs including Médecins du Monde.

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  • 2017 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic

    Applications are now open for the 2017 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, with the two themes media freedom and protection of sexual and reproductive rights.

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  • Human Rights Day 2016 – The movie HUMAN, an ode to humanity

    Join us on 9th December for the screening of HUMAN, the latest film by world-acclaimed French photographer and director Yann Arthus-Bertrand. From 7pm at the Alliance Française de Kotte.

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  • International Women’s day 2016, Pledging for parity!

    On the 8th of March 1975, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). Since then, worldwide, Women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement but progress (...)

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  • International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2014)

    On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, France reaffirms its attachment to the respect and promotion of human rights everywhere.

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  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25, 2014)

    On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we will host today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development a seminar on France’s action to prevent sexual violence being used as a weapon of war and to prevent the trafficking of human beings.

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  • 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (November 20, 2014)

    On the 20th of November 2014, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, France pays tribute to this essential instrument for the protection of children and calls on states that have not yet done so to join the convention.

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  • World Day against the Death Penalty

    On the occasion the 10th of October of the World Day against the Death Penalty, the Embassy of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives with the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, in partnership with the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, would like to present HONK!

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