Polish Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Awarded to individuals and non-governmental organizations for their efforts to promote peaceful coexistence and cooperation among societies, religions and cultures.
Winners of the 14th edition of the Award:
abp. Alfons Nossol – Polish Roman Catholic clergyman, professor of theological sciences, diocesan bishop of Opole from 1977 to 2009, archbishop ad personam since 1999, senior archbishop of the Diocese of Opole since 2009.
Barzani Foundation – The Barzani Foundation began to make its presence known in Europe in 2014, with the culmination of the crisis in the Middle East. At that time, the territorially small Iraqi Kurdistan was flooded with a gigantic wave of refugees of unprecedented scale. Refuge was sought by the Kurds from the war in Syria, Christians persecuted in Iraq, Yazidis who were victims of genocide by the so-called Islamic State, and huge numbers of people fleeing ISIS terror. This was a total of 1.8 million people. The population of the Kurdistan Region has expanded by a third. The foundation not only provides material aid to refugees, but also emphasizes education. Representatives of different religions and ethnic groups, who have been forced by fate to coexist in hardship in deprivation, in refugee camps, have been and are being persuaded to show mutual respect and tolerance to each religion, nationality, and to the other gender.