Swiss Human Rights Award
PluSport Handicap Switzerland awarded
The International Society for Human Rights – Swiss Section – is awarding the second Swiss Human Rights Award in quick succession this year. PluSport Handicap Switzerland, the head organization for Swiss disabled sports, is selected as the winner of the prize, which has been held for 30 years, because it exemplifies how life can be made easier for people with disabilities.
With its work for people with disabilities in Switzerland, PluSport follows the new UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of People with Disabilities. The new UNO convention is an integral part of the statutes of ISHR Switzerland and it is very important to ISHR to set an example and to show that it takes this UNO convention seriously and therefore honors an organization active in Switzerland that people with disabilities, with the Swiss Human Rights Award.
PluSport is an organization that is extremely committed to the rights of people with disabilities. Sport gives them a wide range of opportunities to live a varied life, to do something for their health, to have fun and at the same time to maintain contacts in order to be able to integrate into society. That's why PluSport more than deserves to be awarded the Swiss Human Rights Award. In the 60 years of its existence, PluSport has achieved extraordinary things and contributed enormously to the fact that people with disabilities in Switzerland can maintain their dignity.
The ceremonial award ceremony with a laudatory speech by former Federal Councilor Samuel Schmid will take place on PluSport Day, the Swiss day of disabled sports, on Sunday, July 10, 2022 in Magglingen.
Swiss Human Rights Award
Association KIRIAT YEARIM awarded
The International Society for Human Rights - Section Switzerland - once again awards a special prize of CHF 2,000.00 from the Swiss Human Rights Award. This year's winner is the KIRIAT YEARIM association, which runs a Swiss children's village in Israel in particular.
The purpose of the KIRIAT YEARIM association is based on three pillars, each of which can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations (UDHR), so that the KIRIAT YEARIM association is really worthy of the Swiss Human Rights Award.
The first pillar is running a Swiss children's village near Jerusalem where socially disadvantaged children and young people can catch up on their school deficits. In addition to Article 26 of the UDHR, which mentions education, we are also thinking of Article 25 in this project, which grants everyone the right to a decent standard of living.
The second pillar are educational projects for the Israeli-Arab population. In these projects, KIRIAT YEARIM is particularly concerned with the implementation of Article 26 of the UDHR, which enshrines the right to education.
The third pillar of KIRIAT YEARIM's work deals with dialogue and integration projects that aim to promote exchange between the Jewish and the Israeli-Arab population. This particularly reflects Article 2 of the UDHR, which states: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration without any distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or any other opinion, national or social background, wealth, birth or other status.” It is precisely this goal that is aimed at with such dialogue and integration projects.