Uttarakhand NGO gets French award for protection of human rights
Dehradun: An NGO in Uttarakhand has bagged a French award for its contribution to protection of human rights.
The Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA), a voluntary organisation based in Nainital, was honoured with `Special Mention of the 2012 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic` in recognition of its work in the field of "defence of socio-economic rights and sustainable development" of people, the NGO officials said today.
The award comprising a medal and a diploma was presented to the CHEA Director by French Ambassador Franois Richier at a function in Delhi on June 6, they said.
CHEA was appreciated for its endeavours to strengthen community forestry institution (Van Panchayats) for women`s empowerment and affirmation of economic and social rights of rural communities in the Indian Central Himalayan region, they said.
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