France praises Nobel winners’ work for children’s rights

Nobel Peace Prize – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 10 October 2014

The Nobel Peace Prize awarded jointly to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi rewards their outstanding commitment to children’s rights.

François Hollande pays tribute to Malala Yousafzai’s immense courage in upholding the right to education, particularly for girls, and to Kailash Satyarthi’s dogged efforts denouncing child labour.

Let us remember that children are still the first victims of conflicts in the world. It is they who are massacred and taken hostage, if not forcibly conscripted. Far too many of them, in too many countries, are still deprived of the fundamental right to education.

France takes this opportunity to reaffirm its determination to work in the framework of international conventions for the effective protection of children’s rights./.

Statement by Laurent Fabius

I would like to extend my wholehearted congratulations to the young Pakistani girl, Malala, and to the Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, who have just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

I pay tribute to their courage and their fight for children’s rights and for the right to education.

The commitment of Malala and Kailash Satyarthi is also shared by France which, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, remains more committed than ever to this fight.

Last modified on 16/10/2014

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