Uttarakhand NGO gets French award

PTI Dehradun | Updated on June 08, 2013

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 on Saturday.

The award comprising a medal and a diploma was presented to the CHEA Director by French Ambassador Frans 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.

Published on June 08, 2013

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