2016 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law
Enlarge image President of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is one of the laureates (© Ronny Hartmann/photothek.net) 2016 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law
Mr. Thun Saray, President of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), is part of the 16 laureates of the first edition of the annual Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. The 15 other laureates were chosen in the following countries : Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Costa Rica, India, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria and Chad.
The jury chose to reward the long-term contribution made by Mr. Thun Saray and ADHOC to the defense of Human Rights which puts the protection of the individual against all abuses at the heart of Cambodia’s values. ADHOC has been bringing legal aid to the most vulnerable communities or individuals in cases of land disputes.
The actions carried out by Mr. Thun Saray and ADHOC have enabled Cambodian society to realize that improvements in the rule of law and Human Rights necessarily come about through better access to justice, whatever the origin or social status of the person.
ADHOC’s activities have been supported by international donors, including France and Germany. France financed actions pertaining to legal assistance in particular. Germany has supported the outreach to the civil parties of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC - Khmer Rouge Tribunal) for several years.
This award is part of the shared efforts undertaken by France and Germany in favor of the consolidation of the rule of law in Cambodia and is meant to provide encouragement to Mr. Thun Saray, to ADHOC, as well as to the other civil society organizations in their endeavors.
The French and German Ministers of Foreign affairs have cosigned an editorial on the 2016 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law that can be read on the websites of the French and German Embassies.