The Franco-German Human Rights and the Rule of Law Prize, created in 2016, is awarded every year to human rights defenders around the world, but also to lawyers who represent the human rights defenders and journalists who work to make the truth known. Through this prize, France and Germany wish to show their support for the work of these individuals.
The winners of the 2019 Franco-German Human Rights and the Rule of Law Prize are fighting battles in key fields such as the fight against torture and inhuman or degrading treatment, against forced disappearances, against violence on women, against discrimination of LGBT people and the promotion of gender equality.
The prize winners include:
- Ales BIALIATSKI (Belarus)
- Li WENZU (China)
- El Nadim Center (Egypt)
- Mr Ameha Mekonnen Asfaw (Ethiopia)
- Ms Robin Chaurasiya (India)
- Nasrin SOTOUDEH (Iran)
- Amina HANGA (Nigeria)
- Ms Miluska Del Carmen Luzquinos Tafur (Peru)
- Ms Mary Aileen Bacalso (Philippines)
- Ms Irina Biryukova (Russia)
- Ms Delphine Kemneloum Djiraibe (Chad)
- Ms Asena Gunal (Turkey)
- Luz Mely REYES (Venezuela)
- Mr Vu Quoc Ngu (Vietnam)
France and Germany remain committed to defending human rights and the rule of law throughout the world. They encourage all States to respect the commitments they have made in these fields.