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Concerns : Henri LA FONTAINE 2016 Prize for Humanism



The Henri La Fontaine Prize for Humanism was created by the Foundation Henri La Fontaine in memory of Henri Lafontaine, Nobel Peace Prize in 1913.

Using his expertise in international law, Henri Lafontaine chose the path of pacifism as a vision for society. This led him to imagine and create the League of Nations, predecessor of the United Nations.

To promote peace, he played an active role in the International Peace Bureau. As President, he effortlessly endeavoured to avoid the outbreak of WW1 (1914-1918).

Driven by universal values, he contributed to the International Office of Bibliography in 1895. In this context, with Paul Otlet, he set up a place, the MUNDANEUM, where all world knowledges would be gathered to promote peace and understanding between people.

He later led a political career under the banner of socialism and promoted universal suffrage.

As Vice-President of the Belgian Senate, a freemason and a feminist, he also engaged in movements promoting women's emancipation.

He published numerous articles and books on legal, political and literary issues.

A hundred years later, his legacy remains essential and highly relevant.

The first achievement of the Foundation was the creation of the Henri La Fontaine Prize for Humanism to promote individuals or organisations who defend his values.

Please find bellow the Prize rules  - please distribute them widely. The deadline for submitting an application is           1 September 2016.

The jury will meet in October 2016 and will be chaired by French-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf.

The Prize ceremony will take place on 10 December, the International Human Rights Day.

Thank you in advance for distributing this letter.

Kind regards,


Jean-Paul DEPLUS,

Chief Executive



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