“THE FRENCH REPUBLIC’S HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE”: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
THE 2006 FRENCH REPUBLIC’S HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE ’’LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY’’ AWARDED BY THE FRENCH PRIME MINISTER IS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS.
1 - NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS, IRRESPECTIVE OF NATIONALITY OR TERRITORIAL LIMITS, SHOULD SUBMIT A FIELD ACTION OR A PROJECT LOCATED IN FRANCE OR ABROAD BEARING, ACCORDING TO CHOICE, ON ONE OR OTHER OF THE SUBJECTS FOR 2006:
SUBJECT 1 - COMBATING FORCED DISAPPEARANCES
EVERY YEAR THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, SEVERAL HUNDRED MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE THE VICTIMS OF FORCED DISAPPEARANCES. THE SYSTEMATIC PERPETRATION OF DISAPPEARANCES CONSTITUTES A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY AND VIOLATES THE RIGHT TO RECOGNITION OF ONE’S LEGAL PERSONALITY, THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM AND PERSONAL SECURITY, AND THE RIGHT NOT TO BE TORTURED. IT ALSO VIOLATES THE RIGHT TO LIFE OR GRAVELY JEOPARDISES THAT RIGHT.
FOR THIS REASON, THE UN HAS DRAFTED A CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL PERSONS FROM ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE.
ACTION AND PROJECTS CAN DEAL WITH AWARENESS-RAISING AMONG GOVERNMENTS CONCERNED, AND WITH PROGRAMMES FOR PROTECTING FAMILIES, WITNESSES, DEFENDERS OR ANY OTHER ASSISTING PERSON. PROJECTS MAY DEAL ALSO WITH LEGAL AID SCHEMES, CAMPAIGNS FOR PROMOTING ACTION BY DISAPPEARED PERSONS’ FAMILIES, GATHERING TESTIMONY, AND LISTING CASES OF DISAPPEARANCE.
SUBJECT 2 - SOCIAL AND CIVIC EDUCATION FOR WOMEN
WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN THE LIFE OF SOCIETY IS ONE OF THE FORCES DRIVING CHANGE. IT IS THEREFORE ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT WOMEN SHOULD RECEIVE THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE THAT WILL ENABLE THEM TO HAVE A BETTER PERCEPTION OF THE SITUATION AROUND THEM AND SO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LIFE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR SOCIETIES. IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT THAT THEY SHOULD POSSESS THE VOCATIONAL SKILLS FOR
TAKING FULL PART IN THEIR COUNTRIES’ CIVIL AND ECONOMIC SOCIAL STRUCTURES. THERE ARE COUNTRIES WHERE WOMEN DO NOT HAVE EASY ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING. IT IS HENCE ESSENTIAL TO ENCOURAGE ASSOCIATIONS WORKING IN THIS AREA.
ACTION AND PROJECTS CAN DEAL WITH AWARENESS-RAISING AMONG GOVERNMENTS CONCERNED, AND WITH PROGRAMMES OR PLANS FOR ENABLING WOMEN TO ENJOY THEIR FULL SET OF RIGHTS. THEY COULD BE LITERACY, SPECIALISED VOCATIONAL TRAINING, ECONOMIC MICRO-PROJECT AID, OR CIVIC AND POLITICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES DIRECTED AT A FEMININE PUBLIC IN NEED OF SPECIFIC SUPPORT.
2 - FIVE PRIZEWINNERS WILL SHARE THE 75,000 EURO PRIZE ATTRIBUTED BY THE PRIME MINISTER. THE FIVE NEXT IN LINE WILL BE ENTITLED TO SPECIAL MENTION. APPLICATIONS MUST COMPLY WITH THE PRIZE RULES, WHICH CAN BE SENT TO YOU UPON REQUEST. THEY MAY ALSO BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE: WWW.COMMISSION-DROITS-HOMME.FR
3 - THE APPLICATION FILE, WRITTEN IN FRENCH, MUST INCLUDE:
A) A LETTER OF APPLICATION FROM AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OR LEGAL HEAD OF THE OPERATIVE NGO,
B) A FILE STATING THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTION OR PROJECT PRESENTED AND DESCRIBING IT IN DETAIL., THE FILE MUST CONTAIN AN EXACT BUDGET (PREFERABLY GIVING SUMS WITH THEIR EURO EQUIVALENTS),
C) A PRESENTATION OF THE OPERATIVE NGO (STATUTES, PERFORMANCE RECORD, ETC.),
D) THE NGO’S POST AND BANK PARTICULARS.
CANDIDATES FOR THE PRIZE MUST COMMUNICATE THEIR FILE IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE THE EXPIRY DATE OF 30 SEPTEMBER 2006 TO THE COMMISSION GENERAL SECRETARIAT (35 RUE SAINT-DOMINIQUE, 75007 PARIS, FRANCE), OR BY E-MAIL TO:
A COPY OF THE FILE SHOULD ALSO BE SEND TO THE FRENCH EMBASSY IN ISLAMABAD, DIPLOMATIC ENCLAVE, G 5, PO BOX 1068 ; AND BY EMAIL TO :ADRIEN.ARBOUCHE@DIPLOMATIE.GOUV.FR
4 - THE JURY WILL ANNOUNCE THE RESULTS ON 16 NOVEMBER 2006. THE 2006
PRIZE WILL BE SOLEMNLY AWARDED BY THE PRIME MINISTER IN PARIS ON OR AROUND 10 DECEMBER 2006./.
French Republic Human Rights Prize : Terms and Conditions
§ article 1 : purpose
1. The french republic’s liberty, equality, fraternity human rights prize, endowed by the prime minister of the french government, is awarded annually by the commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme (national advisory commission on human rights). it is conferred in paris, or as appropriate in the prize-winner’s home country, on 10 december each year on the occasion of the human rights day proclaimed by the united nations.
2. The prize distinguishes field work and projects connected with the practical defence and furtherance of human rights, in the spirit of the universal declaration of human rights.
3. Eligibility for the prize extends to work or projects of an individual or collective nature without distinction of nationality or frontier, with the exception of members of the commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme.
4. Each year, the prize is associated with one or two themes concerning the defence and furtherance of human rights. applications must bear a relation to the, or one of the, said themes.
§ article 2 : award
1. The prize is awarded to the candidates, up to the number of five, ranked first by the jury.
2. A ’’ special mention ’’, designed to encourage applications of particular merit, is accorded to the five candidates ranked next by the jury.
§ article 3 : prize money
The prize money for attribution is determined as a block total amount by the prime minister. the jury is free to divide this sum among the prize-winners, as designated under article 2.1, according to the dossiers submitted and the candidates’financial estimates.
§ article 4 : application procedure
1. Each year, the commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme issues a call for applications, stating the theme or themes for the year and notifying the closing date for applications, beyond which applications cannot be accepted.
2. Applications, with supporting documents, should be addressed to the secretaire general de la commission. they must contain a detailed description of the work or project, a budget estimate and presentation of the authoring party. applications must be written in french.
§ article 5 : jury
1. The prize is attributed by a jury empanelled each year by the president of the commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme and consisting of at least fifteen titular members of the commission, all with voting rights. the jury is chaired by the president of the commission. the jury is empowered by delegation accorded by the plenary assembly of the commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme.
2. The jury decides by majority vote. no more than one proxy vote is allowed. for decisions to be valid, at least two-thirds of the jury must be present or represented.
3. The jury proposes the theme or themes of the year to the plenary assembly of the commission, sets the timetable of events, time-limits and meetings, nominates rapporteurs from among its members, examines applications and casts its votes.
4. The secretaryship of the jury is exercised by the secretary-general of the commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme.
§ article 6 : obligations of recipients
1. In the thirteenth month following the award of the prize, each recipient must obligatorily submit to the secretary-general of the commission a report on the performance of the work or project and the use to which the funds received have been put.
2. The french government and the commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme decline all responsibility for the opinions and actions of recipients. the latter must not let it be thought that they speak or act on behalf or with the authority of the french government or the commission.
3. In the case of a confirmed breach of conduct, or where a recipient fails to respect his obligations, the jury may forbid him to claim title to the prize.
4. Recipients of the sums paid undertake in advance to return to the french state all or part of the amount awarded in the event that they do not carry out their work or project, or that they fail in the obligations stipulated under these terms and conditions.
5. Candidates are required, when entering their applications, to be cognisant of these terms and conditions.