United Nations – International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2016)


On this anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, France reiterates its resolute and unwavering commitment to upholding fundamental rights worldwide.

France works relentlessly to defend the universality and effective observance of human rights. The fight for these rights is one of the founding principles of the French Republic and one of its foreign policy priorities.

France is committed to the universal abolition of the death penalty, to the fight against impunity, to the fight against torture, arbitrary detentions and forced disappearances, to the fight against discrimination and violence against women, to the protection of children’s rights, and to the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

On this symbolic day, France pays tribute to all those, individuals and associations, who fight on a daily basis for the respect of the fundamental rights of all, often at the risk of their own safety, freedom, and sometimes even their lives.

On December 15, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault will present the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, organized by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, to associations that have particularly distinguished themselves by their efforts to promote and protect human rights.