Dr. Katrine Camilleri awarded Human Dignity Award

Maltese lawyer and director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta, Dr. Katrine Camilleri is one of three winners of the Roland Berger Human Digity Award. The Award is conferred for outstanding achievements or initiatives that, in line with the Foundation's charitable objectives, succeed in promoting human dignity and human rights and thus encourage a climate of peace and respect in which all people in the world can live together.  

The focus of this year's award ceremony was refugees, and was presented to Dr. Katrine Camilleri for her longstanding and successful commitment to refugee rights.

For almost two decades, she has provided legal advice and moral support to thousands of boat people who survived the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean and made it to the island of Malta where they are temporarily kept in administrative detention centers. Dr. Camilleri has headed the Malta office of the international Jesuit Refugee Service since 2011. In 2002, the organization was the first to offer regular legal assistance to refugees in Malta's detention centers. Since then, Dr. Camilleri and her staff of 18 have supported thousands of refugees, giving them legal advice, organizing visits, providing psychological support and facilitating access to healthcare.  

Eritrean-Italian human rights activist, Dr. Alganesc Fessaha and the Congolese school organization, Petite Flamme also received the award during the ceremony which took place at the Jewish Museum Berlin at 6.00 p.m. on April 29, 2015.

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave the laudatory speech; the former President of the European Commission Prof. Dr. Romano Prodi, member of the Awards Committee of the Roland Berger Foundation, and founder of the Roland Berger Foundation Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger awarded the accolades. 

A short 10-minute video on this year's winners can be seen here.

The whole ceremony can be viewed here.


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