Statutes

Statutes and Articles of the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma

The Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, the Documentary and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma and the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation jointly founded the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg on 7th November 2007.

 

Section 1  European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma

(1) The European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma is endowed with 15,000 euros, which is donated by the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation. The prize shall be awarded every two years. The first award shall take place in 2008.

(2) The European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma is aimed at making a contribution towards the protection and assertion of the civil rights and the equality of opportunity for the members of the Sinti and Roma minorities in their respective countries of nationality in Europe. The prize will also be a signal to politically responsible departments, media and social groups in Europe to act against the traditional clichés, structures of prejudice and any form of marginalization, and to actively stand up for the effective equality of treatment and integration of the Sinti and Roma into society. In addition to recognition of the award-winners, the prize also has the aim of securing the protection of people affected by discrimination.

 

Section 2  Prize winners

(1) Individuals, groups or institutions, primarily from the majority, which have made exemplary efforts for the enforcement of civil rights as an element of the human rights of Sinti and Roma shall be honoured.

 

In particular, these include

 

- Exertion of political influence and initiatives for the equality of treatment, equality of opportunity and the rights of participation of the Sinti and Roma minorities in public life and political decision-making processes

- Actively speaking out against discriminatory practices and marginalizing circumstances (segregation) in education and employment

 

- Public action and articles in the media, events and other occasions which are used to promote integration of the minority and its respect as an equal part of the society or resisting forms of marginalization, discrimination and stigmatisation.

 

Section 3  Award procedure

(1) The European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma shall be awarded for the first time in 2008.

(2) An international jury shall decide on the prize winner. The jury shall consist of 8 members. The chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, who is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the award procedure, and the chairman of the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation shall be permanent members. They shall also decide on the composition of the jury. Members shall be appointed for four years in each case. If a member of the jury resigns during their term of office, a new member can be appointed for the remainder of their term of office. The jury shall make its decisions by a majority vote. The members of the jury shall be entitled to make nominations for the prize winners; nominations shall be addressed to the chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma.

(3) The European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma shall be awarded at a ceremony in Berlin. The award shall be presented in April on the anniversary of the hunger strike of twelve Sinti at the memorial site of the former concentration camp of Dachau at Easter 1980. This date marks the beginning of the civil rights work of the Sinti and Roma in Germany and Europe.

(4) The European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma may not be awarded to the same individual, group or institution a second time.

 

Section 4  Entry into force

The statutes and articles shall enter into force on the date of foundation of theEuropean Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma.

 

 

 

Heidelberg, 7th November 2007