The Civil Rights Prize

The European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma

The European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma, which was endowed by the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation and brought into being on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma in November 2007, has been awarded for the first time in December 2008. Against the background of the extremely alarming human rights situation of the Sinti and Roma in many European states – especially in eastern and southeastern Europe – this prize will contribute towards the protection and assertion of the civil rights and the equality of opportunity of the members of the Sinti and Roma minorities in their respective countries of nationality. At the same time, the prize should be regarded as a signal to politicians, media and social groups in Europe to take action against deeply rooted clichés and structures of prejudice, in order to gradually overcome the everyday marginalization of the minority. We wish to use the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma to strengthen social engagement and prompt politicians and citizens to actively call for the effective equality of treatment of Sinti and Roma and their self-evident integration into all areas of public life.

Last but not least, the prize will support political and social efforts for the lasting protection of people affected by discrimination, in order to enable them to live an independent life. The prize honours individuals, groups or institutions primarily from the majority, who face up to the historical responsibility and have been exemplary in calling for an improvement in the human rights situation of the Sinti and Roma.

The Civil Rights Prize will be awarded in the European Parliament in Brussels this year. 

Further information and the programm can be found here soon.