Ethnic Diversity Promoters Found Human Rights Award in Bulgaria

Society | December 11, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00

Organizations that promote ethnic tolerance united to establish the new Ambassador of the Human Rights award in Bulgaria. They used the occasion of the 54th anniversary since the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration for Human Rights on December 10 to draw attention to the Bulgaria's most discriminated ethnic minority - the gypsies. The founders of the award (Peace Corps representatives in Bulgaria, the U.S. Fulbright Program and the Foundation "Rominterne - Right of Life" among them) aim at rewarding the efforts of eminent people who have worked for the integration of gypsies. "The nominees are popular personalities but no one have ever paid attention to their minority-rights awareness," one of the founders, gypsy TV show host Hristo Hristov said. He announced the nominations that are classified in five categories. The selected personalities are showmen, TV journalists and artists - the list of popular names is topped by rap duo Rumunetsa & Enchev, actor Pepa Nikolova who impersonated a string of gypsy heroines, and TV hosts Drago Draganov and Meglena Angelova. The award ceremony will take place December 16 in the National Palace of Culture.

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