Applications are open for the 2020 “Liberté-Égalité-Fraternité” Human Rights Prize of the French Republic

08/08/2020 - 15:40
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The deadline for applications is 18 October 2020.

Human Rights Prize of the French Republic 2020


Applications are now open for the 2020 edition of the "Liberty-Equality-Fraternity" Human Rights Prize, organized by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights of France (CNCDH).

Each year the French Prime Minister awards the "Liberty-Equality-Fraternity" Human Rights Prize to acknowledge and support ongoing civil society initiatives aimed at promoting and protecting human rights, anywhere in the world. The Prize was created in 1988 and is intended to reward and enable individual or collective field actions in France or abroad that promote or protect human rights, irrespective of nationality or borders.

Non-governmental organizations or individual candidates regardless of nationality or borders, are  called to apply. Applicants should submit an application corresponding to the following themes:

  1. The right to health and the fight against exclusion
    The Human Rights Prize aims to reward any project aimed at improving access to prevention and healthcare access policies for vulnerable or disadvantaged persons, with the goal of fighting exclusion. Organisations working to protect whistle-blowers in the health field may also be eligible.

  2. Environment and biodiversity protection
    Applications are open to persons or non-governmental organisations with one or more advocacy or field projects aimed at defending the environment and biodiversity, as well as those aimed at protecting whistle-blowers and environmental defenders, particularly women and young activists.

The application should contain field activities or a project to be implemented in France or abroad.


  • Individuals or organisations, irrespective of their nationality / country of registration

  • Work or projects promoting and protecting human rights, irrespective of the area / country of implementation

The Prize 

Five prize winners will receive a medal in Paris and a share of a total sum of €70,000, awarded by the CNCDH to be used to implement their projects. They will also become 2020 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.

How to apply

Applications must be written in French, and they must include the following:

  1. 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 can be downloaded from the CNCDH website at the link below:

It may also be found in the Documents section below. This form should present, in detail, the actions conducted by the association or individual.

  1. A presentation of the NGO concerned (statutes, operations, etc.), where appropriate.

  2. The postal address and bank details of the NGO or individual candidate.

Candidates must send their complete application before the deadline of 18 October 2020 to the Secretary-General of the CNCDH:

  • by post to CNCDH – À l’attention de Magali Lafourcade, TSA 40720 – 20 Avenue de Ségur, 75007 PARIS – France

  • or by email to:

Further details about the Prize and the Call for Applications can be found online at (French only), in the Documents section below, or by following the hashtag #PrixDH.