Human rights – International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2015)


On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, France reaffirms its commitment to respecting and promoting human rights.

We pay tribute to the commitment of those who are fighting everywhere to defend fundamental freedoms, risking their freedom and sometimes their lives.

The French Republic’s Human Rights Prize, awarded by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, will be presented tomorrow to NGOs whose commitment is particularly exemplary. Our entire diplomatic network is also mobilizing its efforts to celebrate this anniversary.

This year, the exceptional mobilization of states within the framework of COP21 provides an opportunity to increase awareness within the international community of the close links between human rights and the environment and to promote a united response to the climate challenge. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, chaired a meeting on this topic today together with Mary Robinson and civil society representatives.