Filipina receives Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law 2017 [fr]
On Tuesday, 12 December 2017, French Ambassador Nicolas Galey and German Ambassador Gordon Kricke presented the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law to Rosemarie Trajano, Secretary-General of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA).
Announced in April 2016 by the Franco-German Council of Ministers as an annual international award, the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law pays tribute to men and women who work towards defending human rights around the world and whose actions deserved support and recognition. It serves as a symbol of France and Germany’s shared values and commitments to protecting human rights for all.
French Ambassador Nicolas Galey emphasized that the award serves as an inspiration to those who work for the defense of “our fundamental and universal freedoms wherever, whenever and in all circumstances” and praised Rosemarie Trajano’s commitment to defend and promote human rights in the Philippines.
“The promotion and the protection of human rights worldwide is a paramount objective of German and French foreign policies” said German Ambassador Gordon Kricke. The universality of human rights is central to EU foreign policy and the United Nations through which the Universal Human Rights Declaration of 1948 was instituted.
“Human rights defenders in many parts of the world need considerable courage for their work. They are often threatened, persecuted or even killed,” added Ambassador Kricke. “The human rights day which we celebrated on December 10 reminded us again that we have to continue to build a world where all people can live free of fear, in peace and dignity.”
“France and Germany may not share a common geography or history with the Philippines, but what binds us together is our common commitment to the promotion and defense of the democratic universal values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Ambassador Galey added.
Rosemarie Trajano was jointly nominated by the French and German Embassies in the Philippines for her outstanding work with the Philippine Alliance for Human Rights Advocates, which brings together about 50 organizations nationwide advocating for all human rights. A nurse by profession and a human rights advocate since 1986, she has more than 30 years of experience in working to engage civil society in the Philippines in defense and protection of human rights in all its forms from gender equality to health, from workers’ rights to indigenous people’s rights, among others.
She is one of the fifteen awardees selected by the Franco-German Council of Ministers from a list of nominees put forward by the French and German embassies all over the world. The awardees were announced on 9 December 2017 in commemoration of the International Human Rights Defenders Day.