Human Rights and the Rule of Law: The Franco-German Prize [fr]
The Embassy of France to the Philippines is honoured to announce that Rosemarie Trajano, Secretary-General of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), has been named among the recipients of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law 2017. This prize was created to pay tribute to those men and women who pour their hearts and souls into defending human rights and whose action should be commended and supported.
A symbol of Germany and France’s shared values and illustrating their commitment to protecting and promoting human rights, the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law was created in 2016 by the foreign ministers of our two countries.
Germany and France base their foreign policy on promoting and protecting human rights. In creating this award, our two countries have reiterated their common commitment to promoting and protecting these rights that determine whether there is peace, stability and justice in the world.
Fighting for human rights is crucial as many governments are limiting fundamental freedoms. At a time when the universality of human rights is increasingly challenged by those who refer to them as values that the West wishes to impose on the rest of the world, France and Germany recall with this award that human rights are not special values, but principles enshrined in international texts, and that every State must comply with the commitments that it undertaken upon its choice.
The actions of human rights defenders are vital to raising awareness and public opinion, rallying civil society, supporting the victims of human rights abuses, and ensuring that governments effectively deliver on their commitments. The Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law was created to pay tribute to those men and women who pour their hearts and souls into defending human rights and whose action should be commended and supported.
Every year, the winners are chosen at the end of a joint selection process conducted by the French and German foreign ministries from a list of candidates put forward by the French and German embassies all over the world.
Nominated jointly by the Embassies of France and Germany in the Philippines, Rosemarie Trajano, a nurse by education and having 30 years of experience working with different NGOs, is currently the Secretary-General of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), which brings together over 50 organizations active in the defense of human rights in the Philippines.
Adilur Rahman Khan (Bangladesh),
Nounongnon Balbylas Gbaguidi (Benin),
Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga (Bolivia),
Ragia Omran (Egypt),
César Ricaurte (Ecuador),
Abdullah Al Khonaini (Kuwait),
Bekim Asani (Macedonia),
Mandira Sharma (Nepal),
Grace Idaehor Osakue (Nigeria),
Rosemarie R. Trajano (Philippines),
Elena Milashina (Russia),
Shreen Abdul Saroor (Sri Lanka),
Kerem Altiparmak (Turkey),
Pavlo Lysianskyi (Ukraine),
Liliana Ortega Mendoza (Venezuela).