Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog has been awarded a prestigious human rights awards in Germany.
Minister Balog received the Rainer Hildebrandt award for his work on social inclusion of the Roma and his efforts in 1989 to offer support to Germans who escaped from the German Democratic Republic.
According to MTI, the Hungarian minister received his award in Berlin last week. Pál Maléter the defense minister of the revolutionary government of 1956 was also awarded for his role in the uprising against the Soviets. His wife traveled to Berlin to receive the award.
The award is named after the anti-Communist human rights activist, Rainer Hildebrandt. It is given annually in recognition of extraordinary, non-violent commitment to human rights and is conferred on the birthday of Hildebrandt to mark International Human Rights Day.
The award was created by Alexandra Hildebrandt in 2004 after her husband’s death. They give the honor every year on December 14, Hildebrandt’s birthday.