International-Human Rights Prize 2016
International des Droits de l'Homme Ludovic-Trarieux
Premio Internacional de Derechos Humanos Ludovic Trarieux 2016
per i Diritti Umani Ludovic
Internationalen Ludovic-Trarieux-Menschenrechtspreis 2016
Prêmio Internacional de Direitos Humanos Ludovic Trarieux 2016
Ludovic Trarieux Internationale Mensenrechtenprijs 2016
“The award given by
lawyers to a lawyer”
“L’hommage des avocats à un avocat ”
“El homenaje de abogados
a un abogado ”
avvocati ad un avvocato”
“Die Hommage von
Anwälten zu einem Anwalt”
« De award
gegeven door advocaten aan een
LUDOVIC-TRARIEUX PRIZE 1985 (PDF)
The XXIst "Ludovic-Trarieux" Human Rights International Prize 2016
XXIst "Ludovic-Trarieux" Human Rights International Prize 2016
A Jury composed of 22 european lawyers coming from the bars of Paris, Bordeaux,
Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Luxemburg, Roma, together with the
European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE) and the Union Internationale
des Avocats (UIA)meeting in Athens Bar Association Office on June 4th
2016, awarded the 21st prestigious Ludovic trarieux
Human Rights Prize to China lawyer Wang Yu.
In choosing Wang, the jury
wanted to "hail the courage" of a woman who “decided that she could
no longer keep her mouth shut despite the danger of speaking out, and chose to
expose herself to dangers in order to defend the rights of women, children and
Wang, arrested in July
2015, is one of an estimated 250 lawyers and activists detained in a crackdown
since then. She is charged with "state subversion" and could receive
a life sentence.
China accuses Wang and
others of using a Beijing law firm as a front to organise
criminal activity. Her husband, a lawyer, is also in custody while her
16-year-old son is under police surveillance.
Dessin de Badiucao
The Chinese authorities forced Wang Yu to « refuse »
the Ludovic Trarieux Prize.
The jury maintains its award of the 2016 Prize to Wang Yu
On August 1st at
3 :00pm a Hong Kong press agency stated that lawyer
Wang Yu was released on bail. This statement accompanied the distributio of a video in which Wang Yu stated that she
refused the Ludovic Trarieux international human
rights prize for 2016 which was awarded to her on June 4, 2016.
should have been officially given to her next November, but since she was in
detention the great Chinese lawyer, Teng Biao,
accepted to come in her place to receive the award in her name.
The Ludovic Trarieux Prize jury has serious doubts about the sincerity
and the freedom concerning the formal expression of this refusal by the
imprisoned laureate. Those who have known Wang Yu have confirmed that the
disjointed way in which she read her statement, with a fixed gaze and a dull
voice, was not at all the way in which Wang Yu speaks.
This is the
first time since the Prize was created and awarded to Nelson Mandela that it
has been refused by a laureate under the pressure of his or her home country.
The jury cast its
vote with the utmost of independence and without any political considerations. It
wishes to emphasize that its members were not in any way in contact with Wang
Yu before or after its decision to award her the 2016 Prize and therefore could
not exercise any influence over her or interference on her activities.
jury maintains its award of the 2016 Prize to Wang Yu. It wishes to refer to
article 10 of the Prize Regulations : « 1) No one can
claim to be laureate of the Prize before the Prize has been officially awarded.
2) No one can
demand that the medal and the grant of the amount awarded be given before the
holding of the official ceremony according to the conditions provided for by
3) If for any
reason the Prize cannot be awarded to the laureate, as provided for by article
9-2, after decision of the signatory institutes, the amont
can be given to a human rights charity or organization .
In the present
situation, aside from the forced statements of Wang Yu, we have the most serious
doubts about the veracity of her statement, since no one has confirmed it,
neither her lawyers nor her mother, since her « release » upon bail. Therefore,
we need to continue to fight for the total freedom of Wang Yu, but also that of
the other lawyers detained following the July 2016 crackdown.
(Translated from French
: Thanks to Stuart Russell).
by lawyer Wang Yu August 06, 2016
award is " an infringement of my human rights
said on Friday that she "strongly protests"
against being given an overseas "human rights award."
"Given that I have
clearly refused the 'award', but the organization has still made the award
against my will, I consider this an infringement of my human rights," Wang
Wang, who is currently on
bail pending trial for involvement in the case, told journalists that she would
"not acknowledge, not recognize and not accept" the
"I am a Chinese and I
love my country," she said. "I have done nothing important regarding
human rights and those overseas who want to give me this award are using me to
smear the Chinese government and the country."
Wang said she will not
accept any award from any overseas organization and will not entrust anyone to
accept the award on her behalf.
(Xinhua) 09:52, August 06, 2016
MEMBRES DU JURY 2016
(par ordre alphabétique)
Isabelle Bühler Galladé
Carlos Fatàs Mosquera
Agaath S. Reijnders-Sluis
Adrie van de Streek
tribute given by lawyers to a lawyer”
Created in 1984, the "International
Human Rights Prize Ludovic -Trarieux” is awarded to
" a lawyer, regardless of nationality or Bar, who thoroughout
his career has illustrated, by his activity or his suffering, the defence of human rights, the promotion of defence rights, the supremacy of law, and the struggle
against racism and intolerance in any form ".
It is the oldest and most prestigious award
given to a lawyer in the world, commemorating the memory of the French lawyer,
Ludovic Trarieux (1840-1904), who in the midst of the
Dreyfus Affair, in France, in 1898, founded the " League for the Defence of Human Rights and the Citizen ", because, he
said: " It was not only the single cause of a man which was to be
defended, but behind this cause, law, justice, humanity ".
The first Prize was awarded on March
29th, 1985 to Nelson Mandela then in jail. It was officially presented to his
daughter, Zenani Mandela Dlamini,
on April 27th 1985, in front of forty presidents of Bars and Law Societies from
Europe and Africa. It was the first award given to Mandela in France and the
first around the world given by lawyers. On February 11th 1990, Nelson Mandela
was released. Since then, it was decided that the Prize would be awarded again.
Since 2003, the Prize is awarded every
year in partnership by the Human Rights Institute of The Bar of Bordeaux, the
Human Rights Institute of the Bar of Paris, the Human Rights Institute of The
Bar of Brussels, l'Unione forense
per la tutela dei diritti dell'uomo (Roma), Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin, the Bar of Luxemburg, the Bar
of Geneva, the Bar of Amsterdam as well as the Union Internationale
des Avocats (UIA), and the European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE) whose
members are the biggest european law societies
fighting for human rights. It is presented every year in a city that is home to
one of the member Institutes.
1985: Nelson MANDELA (South Africa)
1992: Augusto ZÚÑIGA PAZ (Peru) †
1996 Nejib HOSNI (Tunisia) and Dalila MEZIANE
1998 ZHOU Guoqiang
2002 Mehrangiz KAR (Iran)
2003 Digna OCHOA and Bárbara ZAMORA (Mexico)
2004: Akhtam NAISSE (Syria)
2005: Henri BURIN DES ROZIERS (Brazil)
2006: Parvez IMROZ (India)
2007 : René GÓMEZ MANZANO (Cuba)
2008 : U AYE MYINT (Burma)
2009 : Beatrice MTETWA (Zimbabwe)
2010 : Karinna
2011 : Fethi TERBIL
2012 : Muharrem
2013 : Vadim KURAMSHIN (Kazakhstan)
2014 : Mahienour
2015 : Waleed Abu al-KHAIR (Saudi Arabia)
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