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Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize 2016

Call for nominations to reward extraordinary humanitarian achievements

Strsbourg – NaN Jul. 2015 | Since 2014, the Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize is awarded every two years in order to reward extraordinary humanitarian achievements by a single individual, a group of individuals or an organisation. The prize consisting of 10 000 € will be awarded at a ceremony to be held at the Council of Europe on 17 January – the date of Raoul Wallenberg’s arrest in Budapest in 1945.

The Secretary General launches the call for nominations for the Prize by sending a letter to the Ministers’ Deputies. The Jury consists 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 deadline for submission of candidates for the "Raoul Wallenberg" prize 2016 is set for 30 September 2015.

The Secretary General encourages Delegates to disseminate this information concerning the “Raoul Wallenberg” Prize 2016 in their respective countries.

Raoul Gustav Wallenberg

In Budapest in 1944, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg used his status to save tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust. His actions show that one person's courage and ability can really make a difference, offering inspiration to us all to speak out and indeed to act against persecution, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution during that period, the State of Israel awarded Wallenberg the title of "Righteous among the Nations". He was also made an honorary citizen of Israel, the United States, Canada and Hungary.

Raoul Wallenberg was arrested by the Soviet forces on 17 January 1945. His fate remains an intriguing mystery. There is still no clear picture of what happen to him after his arrest.

Raoul Wallenberg Prize

At the initiative of the Swedish Government and the Hungarian Parliament, the Council of Europe has created a Raoul Wallenberg Prize in order to keep the memory of Raoul Wallenberg's achievements alive.

Starting in 2014, the Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize, worth € 10 000, will be awarded every two years in order to reward extraordinary humanitarian achievements by a single individual, a group of individuals or an organisation. The award ceremony will take place at the Council of Europe on 17 January – the date of Raoul Wallenberg's arrest in Budapest in 1945.

The Jury consists of seven independent persons with recognised moral standing in the field of human rights and humanitarian action, and 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.

 

Further Information

A nomination should be sent by e-mail, to the following address: wallenberg.prize@coe.int.

Nominations must be submitted on the present electronic form. All the rubrics of the form should be duly completed, in electronic format. The nomination form and the supporting documents must be submitted in English or French.

Where this is not possible, the nomination file may be sent by post, to the following address:

Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Raoul Wallenberg Prize

Council of Europe
67075 Strasbourg cedex
France

The Council of Europe will confirm receipt of your submission, but we cannot subsequently comment on the status of a nomination.


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