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Ludovic-Trarieux International-Human Rights Prize 2016

Prix International des Droits de l'Homme Ludovic-Trarieux 2016

Premio Internacional de Derechos Humanos Ludovic Trarieux 2016

Premio Internazionale per i Diritti Umani Ludovic Trarieux 2016

Internationalen Ludovic-Trarieux-Menschenrechtspreis 2016

Prêmio Internacional de Direitos Humanos Ludovic Trarieux 2016

Ludovic Trarieux Internationale Mensenrechtenprijs 2016


 Since 1984


“The award given by lawyers to a lawyer”

“L’hommage des avocats à un avocat ”

“El homenaje de abogados a un abogado

“L'omaggio degli avvocati ad un avvocato”

“Die Hommage von Anwälten zu einem Anwalt”

« De award gegeven door advocaten aan een advocaat »




The XXIst "Ludovic-Trarieux" Human Rights International Prize 2016


 awarded to




Wang Yu


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 persecuted minorities”.


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.

The award 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.

Therefore the 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 article 9.

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).


Answer by lawyer Wang Yu August 06, 2016

The award is " an infringement of my human rights "


Wang Yu 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 said.

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 "award."

"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







(par ordre alphabétique)


Dominique Attias

Brigitte Azéma-Peyret

Isabelle Bühler Galladé

Zbigniew Cichon

Maxime Delhomme

Nicole Derhy

Carlos Fatàs Mosquera

Bertrand Favreau

Julie Goffin

Marie-France Guet

Bernd Haüsler

Christina Kountouri

Charilaos Ladis

Anton Giulio Lana

Fanny Margairaz

Mario Melillo

Christophe Pettiti

Agaath S. Reijnders-Sluis

Sophia Spilotopoulos

Adrie van de Streek

Haris Tagaras

Jean-Jacques Uettwiller


“The 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) †

1994: Jadranka CIGELJ (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

1996 Nejib HOSNI (Tunisia) and Dalila MEZIANE (Algeria).

1998 ZHOU Guoqiang (China)

2000 Esber YAGMURDERELI (Turkey)

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 MOSKALENKO (Russia)

2011 : Fethi TERBIL (Libya)

2012 : Muharrem ERBEY (Turkey)

2013 : Vadim KURAMSHIN (Kazakhstan)

2014 : Mahienour el-MASSRY (Egypt)

2015 : Waleed Abu al-KHAIR (Saudi Arabia)





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