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Democracy, social justice and solidarity are the focus of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s socio-political work, which has always been understood basically as human rights work. Human rights are the foundation stone of work in international development cooperation.
Against the background of the current global financial and economic crisis, as well as the food crisis in the past year, there is a danger that the human rights situation will deteriorate across the world. According to World Bank estimates, the crisis may have pushed a further 53 million people into poverty in 2009, exposing them to human rights violations. There is reason to fear that increasing poverty goes hand in hand with armed conflict, more severe violence and repression, xenophobia and racism. Action must therefore be taken, first, to ensure that human rights are respected and promoted at all stages in the response to the various crises, and second, to combat the structural causes of crisis developments, as well as persistent poverty in many parts of the world.
The Human Rights working line operates principally in Geneva, the home of the UN Human Rights Council and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and in Berlin, where important international debates resonate in the political sphere and among the community of experts. The human rights dimension of global issues, such as climate change or the food crisis, is illuminated.
Focal topics of human rights work include:
Awarded for the first time in 1994, the FES Human Rights Award dates back to the legacy of Karl and Ida Feist. The couple stipulated in their will that their fortune be administered by the FES, which is to present a Human Rights Award once a year. Karl and Ida Feist actively supported the labour movement for many years. Their own bitter experiences with war and destruction led them to advocate peace and non-violence. According to the donators, the Human Rights Award should be awarded to individuals or organisations who rendered outstanding services for human rights in the different parts of the world.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Human Rights Award 2015 recognizes Ilan Sadeh's and Hasan Atamna's long-standing and persistent commitment to peace-building between and peaceful coexistence of Jews and Arabs in Israel on behalf of the seven mayors taking part in the Shared Communities initiative.
The award ceremony will take place on 5 November, 2016, 16:30 h, at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hiroshimastr. 17, 10785 Berlin.
The laudation will be held by Reinhold Robbe, Director of DIG e.V..
Further information on the program is available in theflyer.
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Detailed information on the FES Human Rights Award and this year's as well as previous awardees is available atwww.fes.de/themen/menschenrechtspreis.
Over the past few years the Human Rights Handbook has met with broad support and positive resonance. This compendium has been regularly updated and there is strong demand for it. Presentation of the handbook as a website ensures improved, user-friendly access to its contents. The internet version includes a new chapter on legal proceedings and truth commissions, as well as a section with information on the authors.
Human Rights Handbook
What are the main objectives and focuses of the FES' Human Rights Work? Find out about all our activities in Germany and abroad in the flyer The FES Human Rights Work
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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung was a co-founder of the Human Rights Forum in 1994. For more information on the work of the Forum, click here.