Let’s celebrate the people who help others. Let’s recognise their achievements in the field of human rights!

Do you know an individual, a group of individuals or an organisation that did something extraordinary to defend the human rights of others, who acted bravely beyond the call of duty? Whose deeds made a difference to people’s lives and are worth celebrating? Does their work deserve recognition and a prize of 10,000 euros?

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 around 17 January – the date of Raoul Wallenberg's arrest in Budapest in 1945.

The Jury consists of six 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 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Raoul Wallenberg family.

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Back European governments must ensure Holocaust Remembrance and education to combat anti-semitism

Council of Europe Recommendation aims to prevent future crimes against humanity
European governments must ensure Holocaust Remembrance and education to combat anti-semitism

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has adopted a comprehensive “Recommendation on passing on remembrance of the Holocaust and preventing crimes against humanity”. The Recommendation calls on the organisation’s 46 member states to promote teaching and learning about the history of the Holocaust and to pass on remembrance of the Holocaust and the crimes committed by the Nazis, their accomplices and collaborators, as an integral part of education and public policies. The text emphasises the exceptional nature of the destruction of the European Jewish community, while also recognising the other victims of Nazism and of other mass crimes of the 20th century.

Taking into account that there are fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors to bear direct witness, the Council of Europe proposes an inter-disciplinary approach to Remembrance, including historical documents, places of remembrance, media, music, art and literature.

Welcoming the Recommendation, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić said « Learning and teaching about the Holocaust is vital to prevent future crimes against humanity. At a time when anti-semitism is on the rise, we must spare no effort to remember the victims and to ensure that remembrance will continue in future. This is an essential part of our collective responsibility to protect Jews and Jewish life in Europe. It is part of our common European values »

Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 17 March 2022
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About Raoul 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.