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The Franz Werfel Human Rights Award (German: Franz-Werfel-Menschenrechtspreis) is a human rights award of the German Federation of Expellees' Centre Against Expulsions project. It is awarded to individuals or groups in Europe who, through political, artistic, philosophical or practical work, have opposed breaches of human rights by genocide, ethnic cleansing, and the deliberate destruction of national, ethnic, racial or religious groups.

The prize

The foundations of the prize are considered to be the Fourth Hague Convention of 1907, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the International Agreement on Civilian and Political Rights of 1966, the resolution of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights of 1998 as well as the consequences of the meeting of the European Council of the Heads of State and Governments in Copenhagen of 1993 and other statements issued by the European Union.

The award is named after the famous Austrian author Franz Werfel (1890–1945), whose novel The Forty Days of Musa Dagh famously portrayed the displacement of the Armenians from Turkey and the genocide of the Armenians in 1915/16.

The award includes 10,000 of prize money, and is awarded in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt every second year. It was first awarded in 2003.


(as of 2010)


  • Dr. Mihran Dabag (Germany), "for his scientific work in the field of genocide research, on the history of the persecution of Armenians and its current implications"
  • The initiators of the "Cross of Reconciliation" (Kříž smíření in Czech) in Teplice nad Metují, the Czech Republic (Wekelsdorf), for "inaugurating the cross for the Sudeten Germans murdered on the Buková hora (Buchenberg) in 1945 and for all the victims of national conflicts from this region and for making a courageous gesture of dialogue between Germans and Czechs". Věra Vítová, the mayor of Teplice nad Metují Petr Kulíšek, a political activist Jan Piňos, a political activist
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