Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has awarded a Pro Dignitate Humana prize to Civic Assistance Committee. On December 18, at the Award Ceremony, a Minister Witold Waszczykowski noted that Committee was awarded for its “resilience and humanity”.
In mid-December, at a ceremony in Warsaw, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski presented the prize Pro Dignitate Humana to a Chairman of Civic Assistance Committee Svetlana Gannushkina and a Head of the Counseling Office Leyla Rogozina.
“I would like you to take this prize as a gratitude for your work, full of commitment, to protect victims of repressions”, said Polish Foreign Minister, welcoming the leaders of Civic Assistance.
“We honor you for your support of refugees and all those who need help.”
Minister Witold Waszczykowski drew attention to a difficult situation of NGOs in Russia, especially those, which receive support from abroad and are forced to register as “foreign agents”.
“Russia’s relations with Poland were always strained. So, we are indeed pleased that Poland is aware that Russia is not uniform. That exists also Russia which is friendly to Poland, Russia, which is glad that Poland entered the European system of democratic states. We are glad both for Poles and for our former compatriots from Baltic states and we hope that someday we will also become the part of this system. For us, this award underlines once again the solidarity of democratic forces around the world. Moreover, it is in Poland that most of our human rights defenders got through a human rights school of Mark Novitskiy. We consider him our teacher. Following his courses, we were studying not only the wording of what is “human rights”, we were exploring the most important mechanisms for advocacy of these rights”, said Svetlana Gannushkina.
“This was very pleasant to receive an award for the very work of our organisation. Civic Assistance has been highly appreciated. And it is very important for us”, said Leyla Rogozina.
Award of Polish Foreign Minister Pro Dignitate Humana for outstanding commitment and active efforts to protect human rights was established in 2010. Over the years, its laureates were human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva and “International Memorial”.
By Elena Srapyan, Civic Assistance Committee