FEDE Human Rights Prize

Promoting progressive ideas by defending human rights

The FEDE is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO), non-profit association and supranational body enjoying participatory status at the Council of Europe. The promotion of human rights-based values is key to our approach to education.

Drawing inspiration from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the FEDE is committed to promoting awareness, respect and implementation of human rights amongst its member institutions by promoting ideals of peace, non-discrimination, equality, justice, nonviolence, tolerance, openness and respect for human dignity.

Through its educational activities and associated work, the FEDE encourages awareness of and active debate and reflection on major contemporary and emerging issues.

‘The protection and promotion of human rights are at the heart of our work. All our research, our teaching materials, our varied activities and our educational programmes are built around citizenship, democracy and human rights. Convinced that these values contribute to rich, high-quality education and promote more harmonious societies, we strive to ensure that they permeate all of our programmes. By instilling these values in our international community of almost 200,000 people, we are helping to nurture a generation of ambassadors for progressive ideals – guardians and advocates of these essential principles.’

Claude Vivier Le Got, Chairwoman of the FEDE and Chairwoman of the Education and Culture Committee of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

An ideal pursued through concrete action

The FEDE pursues its values first and foremost at the Council of Europe, where it actively contributes to the work of the Human Rights Committee of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, which is the mouthpiece of civil society. The Human Rights Committee strives to protect and promote human rights and to guarantee social rights.

In addition to its work at the Council of Europe, every year the FEDE awards its Human Rights Prize to selected FEDE students, teachers and member institutions who have completed an exceptional human rights project. The FEDE Human Rights Prize aims to reward and draw attention to unique projects that contribute to the promotion of human rights.

Awarding the Human Rights Prize is a way of clearly demonstrating to our international network that we are truly committed to protecting human rights. Given how our societies are evolving, and given the various challenges they face in terms of poverty, violence and discrimination, the protection and promotion of human rights have become an absolute necessity.”

Farhang Ghassemi, FEDE Human Rights Delegate and Committee Member

Entries to the 2020 FEDE Human Rights Prize

Entries open: second week of October

Deadline for entries: Sunday 2 February

Judges meet: last week of February

The Human Rights prize will be awarded during the FEDE General Assembly, which will take place in Dubrovnik from 1-3 April 2020.

Completed entries should be sent no later than midnight on Sunday 2 February 2020 to the following address: benjamin.beaud@fede.education

Download the rules here :Rules

Download the entry form here : Entry form

Awarding of the FEDE Human Rights Prize

At the 2017 FEDE General Assembly in Lisbon, Portugal, Claude Vivier Le Got, Chairwoman of the FEDE, presented Marie-José Löwe, representative of the Merz Schule in Stuttgart, Germany, with the 2017 FEDE Human Rights Prize.

Zoom on human rights

Human rights are the inalienable rights of all human beings regardless of their nationality, place of residence, sex, ethnic or national origin, skin colour, religion, language or any other aspect. Human rights – and their corresponding duties – apply both at the individual and state levels. Human rights are:

  • universal and inalienable: international human rights legislation is based on the principle of universality, according to which the possession of human rights is inherent to being human. Human rights are also inalienable: they cannot be annulled except in specific circumstances and according to specific procedures.
  • Interdependent, indivisible and inseparable: all human rights are indivisible, which means they are closely connected and interdependent: the violation of one right often compromises the exercise of several other rights; likewise, improving protection of one right may have a positive effect on the protection of other rights. Consequently, human rights are of equal importance and are essential for ensuring the dignity and value of every human being.
  • Equal and non-discriminatory: international human rights legislation accords universal value to the principle of non-discrimination. This principle goes hand-in-hand with the principle of equality, which appears in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’