French Republic’s 2015 “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” Human Rights Prize (€70,000 Prize)

Application Deadline: 24 September 2015

The French Republic’s 2015 “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” Human Rights Prize, awarded by the Prime Minister of the French Government, is now open for applications.

This prize, created in 1988, is awarded for individual or collective action on the ground, irrespective of nationality or borders, undertaken in France or abroad, with respect to one of two themes, as chosen.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), regardless of nationality and borders, should present an action carried out in the field or an implemented project, in France or abroad, on one of the two themes for 2015, namely “The dangers of Internet for human rights” and “The environment and human rights”.

Five laureates will share the overall prize of €70,000 allotted by the Prime Minister of the French Republic.

Theme 1: The dangers of Internet for human rights

Winning projects could involve on concrete actions on the ground to promote Internet access for the most disadvantaged, or projects highlighting the dangers and risks of mass surveillance. Prizes may also be awarded for projects enabling human rights defenders to protect their data, or projects aimed at the development and training of bloggers.

Theme 2: The environment and human rights

Winning projects may involve concrete actions on the ground aimed at promoting the issue of human rights obligations to ensure people enjoy a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

Prizes may also be awarded for advocacy aimed at supporting and enhancing the framing of environmental policies, particularly as regards environmental protection, or projects promoted by local communities aimed at combating plans for deforestation or extractive industries that undermine the possibilities for communities to enjoy their rights
in a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

Prize:

  • Five laureates will share the overall prize of €70,000 allotted by the Prime Minister.
    A “special mention” will be conferred on the five runners-up. Applications must comply with the prize regulations.

Application Process:

The application must be written in French and include:
a) a letter of application presented and signed by the president or legal manager of the NGO concerned;
b) a dossier presenting the goal and description of the operation or project submitted, in detail. It must include a precise budget (with an equivalent sum preferably in euros);
c) a presentation of the NGO concerned (statutes, operations, etc.);
d) the postal address and bank details of the NGO.
Candidates must send their complete application without fail, before the final date of receipt on 24 September 2015, to the Commission’s Secretariat (Secrétariat-Général de la Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’Homme, 35 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris 75007, France). or by email to: michel.forst@cncdh.pm.gouv.fr AND cncdh@cncdh.pm.gouv.fr

Following the announcement of the results by the jury, the 2015 Prize will be presented by the Prime Minister in a formal ceremony in Paris around 10 December 2015.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the French Republic’s 2015 “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” Human Rights Prize,

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