2017 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic

Applications are now open for the 2017 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic. This year, the two selected themes are freedom of information and of the press and promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive rights.

This Prize, which was set up in 1988, is awarded in recognition and support for the completion projects carried out in the field, in France or abroad, that seek to protect and promote effectively human rights, in the spirit of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and the World conference on Human Rights.

The Prize recognizes the essential role of the civil society – in particular, non-governmental organisations, for the promotion and protection of those rights. Almost 30 years after its inception, more than 200 associations, working for the defense of human rights in their country, have been distinguished.

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NGOs and individual candidates, regardless of nationality and borders, should present a field initiative or project to be implemented in France or abroad, on one of the two themes for 2017:
-  Theme 1: freedom of information, freedom of the press and journalism
-  Theme 2: promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive rights

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 French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights.
Five runners-up will be awarded a “special mention” medal by the French ambassador in their country of origin.

The application form (see below) must be completed in French and submitted before the deadline of 15 October 2017.

For further information on the Prize and its regulations, please visit CNCDH
website: http://www.cncdh.fr/fr/prix/prix-des-droits-de-lhomme, and see the attached call for applications.

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Call for applications (EN)
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Formulaire de candidature
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Online 01/08/2017

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