Campaigner and Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental has been awarded a human rights honour by the organisation representing the country's barristers.

The Bar of Ireland said the award was in recognition of his work promoting tolerance and in educating young people about the importance of remembrance and reconciliation.

The 84-year-old said he was honoured to receive the award and said it will encourage him to continue his work of speaking out.

Born in Czechoslovakia, Mr Reichental and his family were taken to Bergen Belsen concentration camp in 1944, where he stayed until it was liberated the following year.

More than 30 members of his family were killed during the Holocaust.

He moved to Ireland in 1959 and did not speak about his experiences during World War II for more than half a century.

However, for the past decade he has tirelessly campaigned so that the victims of the Holocaust will not be forgotten.

The Human Rights Award is an initiative of the Bar of Ireland and is presented to a person or organisation who has shown exceptional humanitarian service.

The Chairman of the Council of The Bar of Ireland, Micheál O'Higgins SC, said: "It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and that is why the selfless work carried out by Tomi Reichental in the last ten years communicating and educating young people in Ireland about the Holocaust atrocity, is to be so highly commended.

"In the words of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, 'What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again' and this, I understand, is a key motivator for Tomi in his pursuit to promote tolerance amongst young people."