"Poverty and social inequality persist because many lack their universally-guaranteed human rights and fundamental freedoms. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights emphasized that human rights are inherent to all people regardless of their race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Freedom from poverty is a basic human right and tackling poverty should, therefore, be addressed as a basic human right, not as an act of charity."
Message of the UNDP Administrator, Mr. Kemal Derviş, on the occasion of Human Rights Day 2006
Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Human Rights Day 2006 is on theme “Fighting Poverty – A Matter of Obligation, Not Charity”. It looks to poverty through a human rights lens, seeing it both as cause and a product of human rights violation, and emphasizes on the everybody’s moral imperative to act.
To celebrate the Human Rights Day 2006 UNDP and its partners organize official ceremony awarding the Dimitar Peshev Awards for Ethnic and Religious Tolerance in Journalism. It is due to be held in the National Academy of Fine Arts, Academia Gallery, on 11 December. For a third consecutive year the journalistic contest is jointly organized by UNDP, foundation "Multiethnical Initiative for Human Rights", Bulgarian News Agency and the Faculty for Journalism of the Sofia University “St. Climent Ohridski”. The awards recognize publications or TV/radio broadcasts exploring topics on minority and minorities interaction and giving a positive view to diversity and collaboration between minority groups. The initiative aims to support the commitment to ethnic pluralism in the media, and, consequently, in the society as a whole.
Dimitar Peshev Journalistic Awards 2006:
- Capital Newspaper – for its overall policy in support of ethnic and religious tolerance.
Read some articles on the issue released in Capital (Texts of the publications bellow are available only in Bulgarian)
The president of Open Spciety Institute interiewed by Capital "The populism in East Europe is more dangerous than in Latin America", Yana Buhrer Tavanier, 13-19 May 2006
Smoke without fire, Nikoleta Popkostadinova, 3-9 June 2006
A walk in "Ethno-Bulgaria", Vesselin Dimitrov, 3-10 March 2006
The Religious Lever, Yana Buhrer Tavanier, Nikoleta Popkostadinova,22-28 July 2006
VIP Club "Police", Capital, 9-15 September 2006
- Ivan Bedrov – for the bright messages of his documentary Rhodopes 2006, broadcasted in the bTV Reporters, as well as for his consistent coverage of the cultural, ethnic and religious diversity in the society, through his bTV News reportages.
- Svetlana Tarashoeva – for Traditions and Customs in the Roma Community and Human Rights, broadcasted in the Good Afternoon Radio Programme, Bulgarian National Radio. It reports on the crash between the Roma community’s traditions and customs, on one hand, and the Bulgarian legislation, on the other. The award is bestowed also for her consistent coverage of the issues of minorities` integration in the society as a two-way process.
- Janina Zdravkova, Sega Newspaper– for two publications exploring social, economic and political factors in the problems with health protection in the Roma community
(Texts of the publications bellow are available only in Bulgarian)
The Big Mouth of Minister Gaidarski, Sega, 11 November 2006
Caught Dangerously Unawares, Sega, 14 September 2006