Human Rights - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairshttps://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/?xtor=RSS-1 Human rights: a priority for France's foreign policy "France wants to set an example, not to teach others a lesson but because it's our history, our message. Setting an example in promoting fundamental freedoms is our battle and a matter of honour for us." François Hollande, President of the Republic – opening debate of the 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, 25 September 2012 Human rights are defined as the inalienable rights of all human beings, irrespective of (…) enMinistry for Europe and Foreign Affairshttps://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/local/cache-vignettes/L144xH72/visuel_defaut_une_fd-44916-890bc.jpg?1619706877https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr?xtor=RSS-1 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2021)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/news/article/international-day-against-homophobia-transphobia-and-biphobia-17-may-2021?xtor=RSS-1 On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, France reiterates its strong commitment to the universal decriminalization of homosexuality and to defending the rights of LGBTI+ people who are all too often the victims of discrimination, harassment, violence, arbitrary arrest and even murder. This is a day to pay tribute to all those who are working for the rights of LGBTI+ people in difficult circumstances, sometimes risking their freedom or their lives to do so. (…) 2021-05-17 18:03:0859212_258836World Press Freedom Day (3 May 2021)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/freedom-of-expression/article/world-press-freedom-day-3-may-2021?xtor=RSS-1 On this World Press Freedom Day, France reaffirms its unwavering, resolute commitment to the freedom of the press, freedom of expression and the protection of journalists throughout the world. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration signed on May 3, 1991, by African journalists in support of a free, independent and pluralistic press, a declaration that subsequently became universal in scope. That date was deliberately chosen by the UN to celebrate World Press (…) 2021-05-03 21:40:3058161_258422Communiqué issued by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for the Economy, Finance and the Recovery and the Ministry for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunity - International Women's Day: toward an international standard on gender equality (Paris, 08.03.21)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/women-s-rights/article/communique-issued-by-the-ministry-for-europe-and-foreign-affairs-the-ministry?xtor=RSS-1 The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for the Economy, Finance and the Recovery, as well as the Ministry for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, together with the French National Standards Association (AFNOR), are announcing the launch of an initiative aimed at establishing an international standard on gender equality. Under the high patronage of President Macron, this initiative follows on from the French presidency of the G7 in 2019 and the awarding of (…) 2021-03-09 08:26:4758284_256549Presentation of the National Assembly Report on Children without Identity – Participation of Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne at the presentation by Deputies Laurence Dumont and Aina Kuric (3 Mar. 2021)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/news/article/presentation-of-the-national-assembly-report-on-children-without-identity?xtor=RSS-1 Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, French Nationals Abroad and Francophonie attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, represented the government at the presentation of the National Assembly report on “children without identity” on Wednesday, 3 March. This very well documented analysis by Deputies Laurence Dumont and Aina Kuric highlights a little-known situation which is both the consequence and the source of major inequalities. According to UNICEF, 166 (…) 2021-03-08 12:03:5159212_256530Legion of Honor - Q&A from the press briefing (15 Dec. 2020)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/news/article/legion-of-honor-q-a-from-the-press-briefing-15-dec-2020?xtor=RSS-1 Q : Generally speaking, can our missions abroad be called upon to award the Legion of Honor to journalists who have been threatened? R : When the Legion of Honor has been awarded to a leading figure, our heads of missions abroad can present insignia in accordance with the Code of the Legion of Honor, the Military Medal and the National Order of Merit. Journalists receive the Legion of Honor every (…) 2020-12-15 14:58:5959212_254556UN – Human Rights Day (10 Dec. 20)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/news/article/un-human-rights-day-10-dec-20?xtor=RSS-1 On this anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, France pays tribute to all those who fight for human rights on a daily basis, often risking their freedom and their lives to do so. Today, 15 especially brave activists will be awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. In January 2021, France will rejoin the UN Human Rights Council. In keeping with its commitments, France will champion three priorities: promoting the rights of (…) 2020-12-10 18:55:2159212_254450World Press Freedom Conference (9 Dec. 20)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/freedom-of-expression/article/world-press-freedom-conference-9-dec-20?xtor=RSS-1 The Minister took part in the World Press Freedom Conference today hosted by the Netherlands and UNESCO. He called on the international community to take action to defend press freedom, especially with regard to the manipulation of information, which jeopardizes the exercise of citizenship. The Minister underscored France's efforts within international bodies to defend media pluralism and independence and to support the freedom to inform and to be informed. As yet again this year at least (…) 2020-12-09 18:49:1758161_254429International day for the elimination of violence against women - Communiqué issued by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (25 Nov. 2020)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/women-s-rights/article/international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women-communique?xtor=RSS-1 On the 21st International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, France reaffirms its commitment and determination to combat and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. This year was marked by a dramatic increase in such violence, resulting in particular from the COVID-19 pandemic and periods of lockdown. In an international context also marked by a return to conservatism in terms of women's rights, we must remain mobilized more than ever. This is the thrust of (…) 2020-11-26 11:31:5858284_254042Report on feminist diplomacy by the High Council on Gender Equality (18 Nov. 20)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/women-s-rights/events-6401/article/report-on-feminist-diplomacy-by-the-high-council-on-gender-equality-18-nov-20?xtor=RSS-1 The High Council on Gender Equality has presented its report on feminist diplomacy to Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Elisabeth Moreno, Minister Delegate for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, attached to the Prime Minister. Since March 2018, France has employed the expression “feminist diplomacy” when referring to its foreign policy action. The High Council for Gender Equality (HCE), specifically tasked with evaluating France's International (…) 2020-11-19 12:08:5759131_253848International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (2 Nov. 2020)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/human-rights/news/article/international-day-to-end-impunity-for-crimes-against-journalists-2-nov-2020?xtor=RSS-1 Championing the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression are among France's foreign policy priories. It was at France's initiative that the UN declared November 2 to be the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. France pays tribute to all those who risk their lives on a daily basis to convey the reliable information that is necessary to the exercise of democracy, and to those who died in the course of exercising their profession. Now more than ever, (…) 2020-11-02 16:21:4959212_253170