The proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 was a fundamental response to historical injustice and in particular to the unparalleled crimes of the National Socialists and World War II. The Foundation supports human rights education projects within the framework of history learning. It works in Central and Eastern Europe to counter anti-Semitism, antiziganism and hate crimes and to assist minorities. The Foundation also funds education projects and offers scholarships for Sinti and Roma.
he Foundation EVZ and goEast are inviting entries for the Documentary Award “Remembrance and Future”, which is endowed with prize money of 10,000 euros and was presented for the first time in the framework of the 2008 goEast festival.
In its EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme, the Foundation EVZ promotes international school and youth projects between Germany, the countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Israel.
International Youth Debate is a debating competition for young people from eight Central and East European countries.
Human rights education aims to foster a culture of human rights enabling respect for as well as protection and assertion of human rights.
Around 80,000 to 120,000 Sinti and Roma live in Germany today and possess German citizenship. They have been present in German-speaking regions since the 15th century and in 1997 were recognised as a national minority. In Germany, there is an increasing number of Roma migrants, too.
With its program STOP HATE CRIME!, Foundation EVZ supports selected civil society initiatives counseling victims and monitoring hate crimes in Poland, Czech Republic, Russia and Ukraine. Persons affected by hate crimes shall be empowered to exercise their own rights.
As part of its human rights mandate, the Foundation EVZ focuses on protecting victims of human rights violations in the present day.