On the occasion of the International Day of Human Rights, on 10 December, the French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) published the names of the laureates of the French Republic’s Human Rights Award, which was then presented at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  This year’s award recognized the field work of associations battling violence against women and, for the first time, those addressing violations of human rights based on sexual orientation, sexual and gender identity.
Bat Kol and Havruta, two associations of psychological support for Jewish orthodox gays and lesbians, were awarded a special mention for their awareness-raising work among religious authorities on homophobic discrimination. Among the 157 files from 47 countries submitted to the CNCDH jury, six were rewarded by a special mention and will receive a medal from the French Ambassador in the countries concerned.