Deadline: 30 September 2016
Open to: individual or collective projects carried out in the field, in France or abroad
Prize: EUR 70.000
Applications are now open for the 2016 “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, awarded by the Prime Minister of the French Government.
Theme 1: Defending and protecting migrants.
Migrants account for 3.2% of the world population; All regions of the world and all population groups are now concerned. Despite this diversification of migratory movements and the fact that human mobility is inevitable in our globalized world, the countries of the North remain obsessed by the fear of an “invasion” of poor migrants from the South. The volume of migration between countries of the South now equals, or even exceeds that of migration from the South to the North. Applications can be submitted for projects that aim to help and support migrants by defending and protecting their rights. The prize may be awarded to projects demonstrating innovative, concrete action that seeks to offer practical solutions to the problems facing migrants. Projects can also focus on better documenting violations of migrants’ rights throughout their journey and encouraging national authorities to reform their legislation and policies through advocacy work.
Theme 2: Representing and defending the rights of disabled people under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
People with disabilities are often among the most marginalized and encounter unique and specific difficulties when it comes to exercising their fundamental rights. Applications can be submitted for projects that support or promote the effectiveness of the rights of disabled persons, projects that seek to defend or protect those rights, and projects that seek to enable disabled persons to participate fully in public life. The prize may be awarded to projects demonstrating innovative, concrete action that seeks to offer practical solutions to the problems facing disabled persons. Projects can also involve training activities on the Convention that aim to encourage national authorities to reform their legislation and policies by implementing the provisions of the Convention.
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
- Individual candidates, regardless of nationality and borders that should present a field initiative or project to be implemented in France or abroad.
- Five prize winners will be invited to Paris for the official ceremony. They will receive a medal and share a total sum of EUR 70,000, awarded by the Prime Minister;
- Five runners-up will be awarded a special medal by the French ambassador in their country of origin;
- Applications must comply with the prize regulations.
How to apply?
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;
- A presentation of the NGO concerned (statutes, operations, etc.);
- The postal address and bank details of the NGO or the individual candidate.
For more information please read the official call.