Who: Natasa Kandic and the Humanitarian Law Center, Belgrade, for their courage in bringing to the attention of the world the massive violations being committed by police, paramilitary, and Yugoslavian Army troops in Kosovo and continuing to document these atrocities.
What: The Roger E. Joseph Prize is an international award presented annually to an individual or organization which, by virtue of religious and moral commitment, has made a distinctive contribution to humanity. Established in 1978, previous recipients of the $10,000 award include Victor Kugler, who gave refuge to Anne Frank and her family during the Holocaust; Helen Suzman, the South African anti-apartheid activist; Rosa Parks, the mother of the modern American civil rights movement; the village of Le Chambon, which gave refuge to Jews and Christians fleeing the Nazis during the Holocaust; posthumously to Johan Jorgen Holst, for facilitating the Middle East Peace Accords; The Center for Victims of Torture and the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture; and to the Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library in London and the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw for their preservation and dissemination of historic information about the destruction of European Jewry during the Holocaust.
Why: The Humanitarian Law Center provides the necessary evidence for the courts to advance the protection from human rights violations and to bring to justice those who participated in the Serbian state-sanctioned terror. As the Center's founder and executive director, Natasa Kandic works for the promotion of human rights of minorities as a prerequisite for the democratization of Serbia.
When: The 2000 Roger E. Joseph Prize will be presented at HUC-JIR's Ordination and Investiture Services on Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: The ceremony will take place at Congregation Emanu-El in the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, New York City.
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