The Corona pandemic has affected the lives of many people. However, the Corona pandemic has also affected the International Society for Human Rights – Swiss Section (IGFM-). For the first time in decades, the Swiss Human Rights Award could not be presented in 2020. The awarding of the prize to the already chosen laureate had to be postponed to 2021.
However, the board of IGFM-CH has now decided to award a special prize. The prize is to go to an organization that has been particularly active in preserving human rights during the Corona pandemic. Unlike the traditional award ceremony, this prize will not be presented in person at a formal event but will be awarded via virtual media. Instead, the prize is exceptionally endowed with a monetary amount, especially since the selected organization is in dire need of any financial resources to help those in need during the Corona crisis.
The team of Sleep-in de la Caravane Sans Frontières provides shelter, food and emergency assistance for the poorest and homeless in the city of Geneva.
The special prize of ISHR-CH in the Corona pandemic will be awarded to the Geneva organization “La Caravane Sans Frontières” and will be endowed with a monetary amount of CHF 2,000.00. The non-profit organization from Geneva helps the poorest and homeless in the city of Geneva during this hard time. It provides shelter, food, emergency assistance, counseling and social assistance to the needy in this difficult situation. This tireless work of Mrs. Silvana Mastromatteo and her team is what the Board of IGFM-CH would like to honor with the Special Award for Human Rights. The organization “La Caravane Sans Frontières” is a true champion of human rights in Switzerland. Even in rich Switzerland there is poverty and need. Even in rich Switzerland there are people who lack the fulfillment of the most basic human rights.
The right of Article 25 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to welfare, is almost completely denied to these people. Indeed, Article 25 states that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services.
For this reason, the Special Award for Human Rights of the International Society for Human Rights – Swiss Section is awarded to the Geneva organization “La Caravane Sans Frontières”, as this organization is particularly committed to ensuring that the poorest people in Geneva can exercise their human rights.
La Caravane Sans Frontières –Genève
15 rue des Vollandes
Bank: UBS Switzerland AG,
IBAN: CH77 0021 5215 1076 9401 R
By Hanspeter Hartmann