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 15th edition of the Award:
Basil Kerski – cultural manager, editor, columnist and political scientist. He grew up in Poland, Iraq and Germany. He studied political science and Slavic studies at the Free University in Berlin. Since 2011 he has been director of the European Solidarity Center and editor-in-chief of the Polish-German magazine Dialog. He has been awarded and decorated many times, including the Golden Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Interreligious Council of Albania – was established on October 22, 2009 in Tirana under the auspices of the President of Albania, Prof. Dr. Bamir Topi. The founders of the Council are: H.E. Archbishop Anastasios, Head of the Orthodox Church in Albania; H.E. Selim Muca, Leader of the Muslim community in the country; H.E. Rrok Mirdita, President of the Conference of Bishops of Albania; and H.E. Haxhi Dede Reshat Bardhi, Leader of the World Union of Bektashites. The founding of the Council, the country’s first interreligious organization representing all of Albania’s major religious communities, was made possible by years of support from the European Committee of the World Conference on Religion and Peace.
On behalf of the Interreligious Council of Albania, the Polish Award of Sérgio Vieira de Mello, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is received by: H.E. Archbishop George Anthony Frendo, H.E. Bishop Andon Merdani, Pastor Dr. Ylli H. Doçi, and Council President H.E. Skender Bruçaj.