Prix International des droits de l'homme Ludovic-Trarieux 2008

Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize 2008

Premio Internacional de Derechos Humanos Ludovic Trarieux 2008

Internationalen Ludovic-Trarieux-Menschenrechtspreis 2008

Prêmio Internacional de Direitos Humanos Ludovic Trarieux 2008

Premio Internazionale per i Diritti Umani Ludovic Trarieux 2008

Ludovic Trarieux Internationale Mensenrechtenprijs 2008

Since 1984

"The International tribute from Lawyers to a Lawyer"


Lawyer U Aye Myint (BURMA)
Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize 2008


From  AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

Posted on 2008-05-23


Basil Fernando, executive director of the Asian Human Rights Commission, congratulated U Aye Myint on the award.

"The AHRC has followed Aye Myint's work for a number of years and have great respect for the courageous efforts of he and other human rights lawyers in Burma working under what are some of the most extremely difficult conditions of anywhere in Asia," Fernando said.

"Aye Myint is well-deserving of the award, but it should be seen as an award in acknowledgement of all lawyers in Burma who are fighting not only for the rights of their people but also to keep alive rational practices of law in what is otherwise a demented system," he said.

The Hong Kong-based regional rights group has issued urgent appeals and advocated strongly both on cases that Aye Myint has handled as well as on his own imprisonment and the unlawful removal of his licence.

"At a time that Aye Myint's country is facing its greatest challenge of modern times in the form of a cyclone of immense proportions and a government that has shown the worst ever response to a natural disaster in living memory, the presence and work of Aye Myint and others like him will be needed more than ever," Fernando said.

Aye Myint told DVB that like others in recent weeks he had been collecting money and old clothes to send for victims of Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country on May 10.

The Ludovic-Trarieux prize has been awarded since 1984 by the Human Rights Institute of the European Bar. It is named after a former French justice minister who was a founding member and the first president of the French League for the Defence of Human Rights and the Citizen.

BURMA: Human rights lawyer honoured with award






El Comite de abogados cubanos por la libertad del colega Rolando Jimenez Pozada, sancionado por las autoridades cubanas a 12 anos de privacion de libertad, en un proceso penal, sin las mas elementales garantias procesales,en su ausencia y de manera secreta.Quiere hacer llegar al abogado U Aye Myint y familiares , nuestras mas sinceras felicitaciones por el premio Ludovic Trarieux 2008; el mas prestigioso y antiguo premio, que otorgan los colegas europeos a todos aquellos abogados, que son ejemplos en su trayectoria a favor de los Derechos humanos.


Agradecer a los colegas europeos de su intensa preocupacion por todos aquellos profesionales del derecho que son perseguidos y acosados.


Juan Escandell Ramirez, Luis Fernandez, Pedro fuentes Cid, Ofelia Nardo. Caridad Rafael. Antonio Pavoni, Santiago Gomez, Angel Cuadra, Camilo Loret de Mola, Eduardo Agramonte, Alfredo Garcia Menocal, Jadir Hernandez, Alexandra Salazar.


The Committee of Cuban Attorneys for the release of their imprisoned colleague Rolando Jimenez Pozada, undergoing an arbitrary 12 year penal incarceration without due legal recourse, take this opportunity to greet in the most courteous and fraternal of ways, their Birmanian colleague, Mr U Aye Myint and his Family members.


The Committee of Cuban Attorneys extends to Mr. U Aye Myint and his family, our most sincere congratulations for his designation of the Ludovic Trarieux Award, as awardee of the most prestigious and ancient of all prizes granted by European lawyers in recognition of an attorney"s defense, promotion and respect of the universally guaranteed human rights of any people.


The Committee of Cuban Attorneys take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to our European Colleagues for their designation of Mr. U Aye Myint as their Ludovic Trarieux Awardee for 2008, and for that they do in favour of those lawyers who defend human rights around the world.


It is indeed a pleasure to sign this decree, as the then democratic Republic of Cuba was not only an original signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948,but also, the nation that proposed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights during the 1946 General Assembly of the United Nations. As the world commemorates this 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration Human Rights adopted in Paris in december of 1948, the undersigned Cuban attorneys salute and admire, their counterparts in Europe and everywhere, where the right of democratic rule and law is promoted,defended and upheld.


Juan Escandell Ramirez, Luis.F. Fernandez Moreno, Pedro Fuentes Cid, Ofelia Nardo, Antonio Pavoni, Caridad Rafael, Eduardo Agramonte, Santiago Gomez, Angel Cuadra, Jadir Hernandez, Camilo Loret de Mola, Alexandra Salazar, Alfredo Garcia Menocal, Dr: Luis Gomez Dominguez, Julio Alejandro Hernandez.




Chers collègues:


Je viens de connaître que le Prix Ludovic Trarieux 2008 vient d'être décerné au courageux confrère birmain U Aye Myint.


Je vous prie de lui communiquer mes félicitations les plus cordiels au nom du Corriente Agramontista (l'organisation d'avocats indépendents que je préside) et au mon nom personnel.


Au même temps, je remercie encore une fois à tous les avocats européens qui prennent part au Prix de leur solidarité avec les collègues qui luttent pacifiquement contre l'injustice au divers pays du monde.


Muy atentamente,



René Gómez Manzano

Prix Ludovic Trarieux 2007




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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) and the European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE) whose members are the biggest european law societies fighting for human rights such as The Law Society of England and Wales, Rechtsanwaltskamme Berlin, Ordre français des Avocats du barreau de Bruxelles, barreau de Luxembourg or Polish National Council of the Bar (Warsaw). 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)  †

1994: Jadranka CIGELJ (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

1996 Najib HOSNI (Tunisia) et Dalila MEZIANE (Algeria)

1998 : ZHOU Guoqiang (China)

2000 : Esber YAGMURDERELI (Turkey)

2002 : Mehrangiz KAR (Iran)

2003 : Digna OCHOA et 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) **


**Award not yet accepted.

According to the regulations of the award, the Prize is regarded as definitively awarded only if the member elected or a member of his family accepts it and comes to receive it at the time of a ceremony from handing-over which is held this year in October 2008  in  Rome (Italy).



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