Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Prize for Human Rights 2017 Enlarge image (© German Embassy Kathmandu)

Foreign Minister Gabriel and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the recipients of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law on Monday (4 December). The recipients are 15 men and women who had made immense efforts and often risked their personal safety to promote the rights of others. “We are making plain that our two countries do not want to allow human rights and the rule of law to be exposed to constantly growing pressure,” as Gabriel outlined together with his colleague Minister Le Drian. The activists’ stories make impressive reading. These are the recipients in 2017:

Adilur Rahman Kahn (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 Osakue (Nigeria), Rosemarie Trajano (Philippines), Elena Milashina (Russia), Shreen Abdul Saroor (Sri Lanka), Kerem Altiparmak (Turkey), Pavlo Lysianskyi (Ukraine), and Liliana Ortega Mendoza (Venezuela).