Margaretha Lupac Foundation: Democracy Award 2016
The 2016 Award is split up between three winners. The association Freies Radio Salzkammergut (Free Radio Salzkammergut) has for 19 years been promoting civil society‘s participation by providing it with airtime, and has organized educational measures aimed at the strengthening of tolerance and intercultural respect. Through its manifold activities it has developed into a competence center in matters of civic education and democratic practice. Its work reaches out to 200,000 people of all ages, in particular in Upper Austria, Salzburg and Styria. The organization „Gerechtigkeit für die Opfer der NS-Militärjustiz“ („Justice for the Victims of National Socialist Military Tribunals“ combines broad civil society commitment with parliamentary work and with the role of mediators in media and cultural policy contexts. Through commemorative events and the presentation of research results, public awareness was raised for this topic, and political support was gained for this cause. The third award winner is the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Menschenrechte, Austria’s largest independent institute of human rights, which has been active for 20 years at the national, European and international levels. The institute provides scientific foundations for the further development and strengthening of democracy. Human rights education and civic education for young people are the aim of the „Zentrum polis – Politik lernen in der Schule“ („Center polis – learning politics at school“), which has for 10 years been accommodated at the Institute.