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ERRC Awarded Raoul Wallenberg Prize 2018

17 January 2018

Strasbourg, Budapest 17 January 2018:
The Council of Europe has announced the Raoul Wallenberg Prize for 2018 has been awarded to the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC). The prize is awarded every two years and rewards extraordinary achievements in the field of human rights.

The prize was awarded in a ceremony in Strasbourg today, on the date of Raoul Wallenberg’s arrest by Soviet forces in Budapest in 1945. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe praised the ERRC for being “unrelenting” in our efforts to fight for Roma rights across Europe in a time of increasing antigypsyism.

The president of the ERRC, Đorđe Jovanović, spoke of his pride in the direction the organisation has taken in recent years, as well as the personal motivation he takes from receiving the award.

“The recognition accorded to my colleagues and me by being awarded the 2018 Raoul Wallenberg Prize is a great encouragement for us at the ERRC, but we know that we have so much more work to do. As long as there remains a gap between judgements and justice for Roma, and as long as justice is denied or deferred, our work will go on.”

The ERRC was chosen by a selection jury consisting of seven independent persons with recognised moral standing in the field of human rights and humanitarian work, appointed by: the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the municipality of Budapest, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Raoul Wallenberg family.

The ERRC are profoundly grateful to be the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Prize 2018. His courage and ingenuity in the face of barbarism remains an inspiration to all of us at the ERRC. Our office today is situated in the Jewish quarter of Budapest, the site of the ghetto during the Second World War. Wallenberg’s final victory in 1945 was to thwart the Nazis plans to massacre the 70,000 Jews inside. We see the awarding of this prize in his name as recognition not only of our work, but of the urgency of the situation for Roma Rights, and the impactful role strategic litigation can play in this struggle.

For more information, or to arrange an interview contact:

Jonathan Lee
Communications Coordinator
European Roma Rights Centre
+36 30 500 2118


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