2019 Human Rights Prize of The French Republic
  • Paris

Applications are now open for the 2019 “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, awarded by the Prime Minister of the French Government.

This Prize, created 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, to promote and protect human rights.

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Theme 1: young human rights defenders

The expression “human rights defender” designates anyone who works individually or in association with others to promote or protect human rights.

Although the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders does not define the special qualification required to be a human rights defender – everyone may be a defender if they so wish and act as such – it does affirm in no unclear terms that defenders have a number of responsibilities which candidates must fulfil:

  • Human rights defenders must accept the universality of human rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Human rights defenders must conduct non-violent actions.

A young human rights defender is someone aged under 18 (pursuant to Article 1 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child). The situation of young defenders, who face a growing number of attacks and threats around the world, has been highlighted by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The Human Rights Prize will reward and honour the actions of one or several young defenders

Theme 2: the duty of brotherhood

The principle of brotherhood is based on the idea of human dignity, it means acting with solidarity, respect for others, tolerance, and goodwill. It means rejecting discriminatory attitudes (especially those that could lead to racist behaviour), shunning hatred and refusing to act against someone due to their age, gender, or social, ethnic or religious background. As such, the brotherhood has an altruistic dimension and includes the ability to recognize, accept and welcome the uniqueness of other human beings.

With this in mind, applications are open to individuals or NGOs that run one or more projects seeking to address humanitarian needs, providing relief and assistance to people in need, whoever they are, particularly by extending an unconditional welcome.

Projects may also include advocacy initiatives or efforts to defend the duty of brotherhood and the freedom to provide assistance for humanitarian purposes, regardless of origin, religion, social background or administrative status.

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  • The 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 CNCDH and to be used to implement their projects.
  • Five runners-up will be awarded a “special mention” medal by the French ambassador in their country of origin.


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Eligible Regions: Open for All.

Application Process

  • The application, which must be written in French, must include:
    • A letter of application presented and signed by the president or legal representative of the NGO concerned, or by the individual candidate.
    • The application form, which is attached to this call for applications and can be downloaded from the CNCDH website.
    • The application must present, in detail, the actions carried out by the association or individual.
    • A presentation of the NGO concerned (statutes, operations, etc.), where appropriate.
    • The postal address and bank details of the NGO or the individual candidate.

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Application Deadline: October 14, 2019

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