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Minister of State Pieper applauds award of European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma

02.04.2012 - Press release

On Tuesday (3 April) Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights will be awarded the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma; the special prize will go to Romanian journalist George Lacatus.

The award ceremony at the Federal Foreign Office will be presided over by Minister of State Cornelia Pieper, who today (2 April) made the following comments in this connection:

“The inspiration for the award of the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma is awareness of their history of suffering. Even today too many people still fall victim to racism and xenophobia. That is why it’s so important that we speak out about human rights time and time again and so keep them in the public eye. In this sense it’s impossible to overrate the importance of this Prize.”

The Documentation and Cultural Centre and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma together with the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation award the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma worth 15,000 euro and the special prize worth 5000 euro to individuals who have shown great dedication to the cause of Sinti and Roma rights.

For more information visit www.buergerrechtspreis.de

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