ERRC: Geuzenpenning Award
Today, March 13, 2001, in recognition of its contribution to "the preservation and promotion of democracy and the enhancement of the vigilance against all forms of dictatorship, discrimination and racism", the Geuzenpenning (the Geuzen medal of honour) has been presented to the European Roma Rights Center (ERRC). The award is given annually in remembrance of the fifteen members of the Dutch resistance group "Geuzen", who on March 13, 1941, were executed by the German occupying forces. The ERRC is proud to join the ranks of the distinguished organisations to have received the award to date:
- Amnesty International
- The Stichting Februari 1941
- The Anne Frank Foundation
- Medecins sans Frontieres
- The Turkish Human Rights Association.
The Geuzenpenning was presented to ERRC representatives Eva Orsos (Co-Chair of the Board of Directors) and Dimitrina Petrova (Executive Director) by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of Netherlands during a ceremony in the Grote Kerk church in Vlaardingen.