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French Government “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” Human Rights Prize 2021

Applications are now open for the 2021 “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, awarded by the Prime Minister of the French Government.

Application Deadline: 17th October 2021

Eligible Countries: International

To be taken at (country): France

2021 Themes

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.

Type: Award


  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individual candidates, regardless of nationality or borders, should present an application on one of the two themes for 2021. 
  • This application should include a field initiative or project to be implemented in France or abroad.
  • With this in mind, applications are open to individuals or NGOs that run one or more projects seeking to address humanitarian needs, providing relief and assistance to people in need, whoever they are, particularly by extending an unconditional welcome.
  • Projects may also include advocacy initiatives or efforts to defend the duty of brotherhood and the freedom to provide assistance for humanitarian purposes, regardless of origin, religion, social background or administrative status.

Number of Awards: 5

Value of Award:

  • 2 – 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.
  • Five runners-up will be awarded a “special mention” medal by the French ambassador in their country of origin.

How to Apply: 

Applications for the human right prize 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.


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