On 27 March 2014, the founder and Secretary-General of the Society for Threatened Peoples, Tilman Zülch, will be awarded the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. The Special Prize goes to the youth organisation Amaro Drom.
The Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, Christoph Strässer, who will open the award ceremony at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement:
The European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma is being awarded to commemorate the tragic history of the Sinti and Roma. This minority endured a terrible fate in Nazi-dominated Europe: they were deprived of their rights, persecuted and systematically annihilated. To this day, the situation of the Sinti and Roma in many European countries gives cause for concern. The importance of this Prize thus cannot be rated highly enough.
The European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma, endowed with 15,000 euros, and the Special Prize, endowed with 5,000 euros, are being awarded for the fourth time by the Documentation and Cultural Centre and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, together with the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation, to individuals and organisations that are strongly committed to the rights of the Sinti and Roma.