Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
Nityanand Jayaraman, a Chennai based writer and social activist received the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
The prize was handed over by Consul General of Germany Mrs. Karin Stoll and Consul General of France in Puducherry and Chennai, Mrs. Catherine Suard on December 11th in Chennai.
Mrs Stoll and Mrs Suard recalled in their common speech the importance of human rights and the commitment to defend them at all times, focusing on environment and sustainability in particular. Mr. Jayaraman spoke of the importance of the right to a lean environment, inherent to the right to life, and of his actions as a social activist and member of the Chennai Solidarity Group.
The Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law Prize is awarded for the third time to committed human rights defenders from around the world who have done outstanding work in their respective countries to uphold human rights and the rule of law.
Nityanand Jayaraman (born in 1968) is a well-known environmentalist in Tamil Nadu, one of the largest states in southern India. He has launched several media campaigns urging people
to respect social and environmental rights and is involved in efforts to guarantee access to natural resources in India.
A trained engineer, he originally worked as a journalist before becoming an environmental activist. He describes himself as a social worker who prefers to be engaged at the local level.
He is a member of the Chennai Solidarity Group, which has conducted numerous campaigns to protest against discrimination and violations of environmental rights. Nityanand Jayaraman also fights for the rights of the rural population, whose very existence is increasingly under threat on account of growing competition for access to natural resources.