The work of the charity René Cassin, which is a Jewish voice for human rights, has been recognised at a major conference of faith-based and community organisations.

René Cassin won an award for its pioneering work countering the racism and discrimination faced by the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities in the UK.

They were awarded the ‘Together in Service’ Awards, organised by FaithAction, which is the UK’s network of faith-based and community organisations, at their national conference ‘Faith Too Significant to Ignore’ held at Church House, Westminster on Wednesday 19 November 2014.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, sent a message of support to the winners, saying “this is a brilliant way of putting the spotlight on the work that faith groups do daily across the country, and recognising those who have been at the heart of making a difference in their communities…..My congratulations to every award winner and everyone taking part.”

René Cassin’s Director, Shauna Leven, said: I’m delighted that our work has been recognised in this way. I’m especially pleased that this award will help publicise the plight of some of our society’s most marginalised minorities. The discrimination that Gypsies, Travellers and Roma face has been labelled ‘the last bastion of acceptable racism’. But it is not acceptable in a modern civilised society – and it is particularly important for a Jewish organisation to say so.