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 3rd edition of the Award:
Aleksandr Milinkiewicz – holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and physics; Assistant Professor of the Grodno State University and the University in Algiers. In 1990-1996 he was a Deputy Chairman of the Grodno City Executive Committee for Culture, Education, Medicine, Sport, Youth and International Relations. From 1996 he acted as the President of the Grodno District Social Association “Ratusz” which was shut down by a court order in 2003. Leader of the Belarus opposition. Founder and leader of the “Movement for Freedom”. He was the candidate of whole democratic opposition in presidential elections of 2006. Honorary member of the Union of Poles in Belarus. Laureate i.a. of the Sacharow Prize (2006), and the Casimir Pulaski Foundation: Knight of Freedom Award for promoting freedom, justice and democracy (2007).
Jewish Culture Festival Association in Krakow – was established in March 1995 in order to organise annual Jewish Culture Festival and to stimulate other activities related to the Jewish heritage and culture. The festival is one of the oldest and the biggest such events in the world and, definitely, the one most recognized in Poland. Every year, over 200 festival events organized in just ten days, present contemporary Israeli and Diaspora Jewish culture and enable their international audience a personal contact with Jewish culture and experience via abounding workshops programme. The Festival aims at building understanding, tolerance and respect for other cultures, religions and opinions.