Deadline: 15 October 2017
Applications are open for the 2017 “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, awarded by the Prime Minister of the French Government.
The prize was set up in 1998 to recognize and support the completion of individual or collective projects carried out in the field, in France or abroad, regardless of nationality or borders.
- Freedom of information, freedom of the press and journalism: Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Freedom of information and freedom of the press are essential corollaries of freedom of opinion and expression and pillars of democratic society founded on pluralism, tolerance and open-mindedness. As such, free journalism is a prerequisite for the protection and promotion of all other human rights.
- Promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive rights: Access to sexual and reproductive health services is vital for decent living conditions in which individuals can thrive and live in good health. It is also a crucial lever for women’s empowerment and gender equality. Guaranteeing the availability of health services and the exercise of sexual and reproductive rights has a direct positive impact on the health of women and girls, on access to education and employment, on financial independence and, more generally, on socio-economic development.
- 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 medal by the French ambassador in their country of origin.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individual candidates, regardless of nationality and borders, should present a field initiative or project to be implemented in France or abroad are eligible to apply for the prize.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must download the application form given on the website.
For more information, please visit 2017 Human Rights Prize.