Deadline: October 17, 2021
Applications are open for the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic 2021. 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.
Non-governmental organizations and individual candidates, regardless of nationality or borders, should submit an application corresponding to one of the two themes for 2021. This application should contain field activities or a project to be implemented in France or abroad.
- Theme 1: COVID-19 and defending human rights – The Human Rights Prize rewards projects aimed at defending effective fulfilment of human rights in the context of the restrictions engendered by the fight against the pandemic. Projects aimed at ensuring the access of vulnerable or disadvantaged persons to their rights will be favoured, with a focus on fighting exclusion.
- Theme 2: Education, a common good and a fundamental right – Individuals and non-governmental organizations with one or more field projects aimed at ensuring equitable education for girls and boys, including children from minorities, who are living in extreme poverty, or who have disabilities, are eligible to apply. Organizations working to improve the quality of education through community involvement and support for teacher training, or with projects to guarantee long-term education, meaning offering children quality education as early as possible and for as long as possible, may also be eligible.
- 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. They may introduce themselves as 2021 laureates of the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic.
- Five runners-up will be awarded a “special mention” medal by the French ambassador in their country of origin.
- Open to non-governmental organizations and individual candidates;
- Applicants are not limited by nationality or borders. Anyone can apply.
The application must be written in French and 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. This form should present, in detail, the actions conducted by the association or individual.
- A presentation of the NGO (statutes, operations, etc.), where appropriate.
- The postal address and bank details of the NGO or individual candidate.
Candidates must send their complete application by the deadline of 17 October 2021 to the Secretariat-General of the CNCDH:
CNCDH – For the attention of Cécile RIOU-BATISTA,
TSA 40 720 – 20 avenue de Ségur, 75007 PARIS – France
or by email.
For more information, visit Human Rights Prize.