British European Citizen’s Prize 2016 winners honoured in London
The national laureates of the European Citizen’s Prize were honoured at a ceremony held in Westminster today. Since 2008, the European Parliament has selected winners from across the EU who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of cooperation and a better mutual understanding between the citizens of the European Union member states.
Jean Lambert MEP and Clare Moody MEP, who recommended this year’s UK laureates, awarded a medal of honour to Citizens UK and Internet Watch Foundation.
“I am enormously pleased to have been able to nominate Internet Watch Foundation for this prize as a result of the excellent work they have been doing and I am sure will continue to do across the EU”, Clare Moody MEP said. “They personify the values we all stand for as European citizens."
Upon presenting the prize to Citizen’s UK Jean Lambert MEP said “I commend Citizens UK, and other organisation and ordinary people, who are trying in small ways they can to help people who have been forced to flee their homes. This is what international solidarity really looks like.”
Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. The group develops the leadership capacity of its members so they can hold politicians and other decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them. "This award is testament to the commitment and tireless support from the many fantastic volunteers across the country, and the co-operation of a number of NGOs and supporting organisations", said Dr. Kaneez Shaid MBE, Chair of Trustees of Citizens UK.
Internet Watch Foundation works internationally to make the internet a safer place. With a remit to minimise the availability of potentially criminal internet content, their vision is the elimination of child sexual abuse images online. “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the prestigious European Citizen’s Prize, by the European Parliament." Susie Hargreaves, IWF CEO said
The UK winners will be invited to a join other winners from across the EU in October for a ceremony in Brussels.