Charter’97 Awards National Human Rights Prize 18:04, 10/12/2004
The stirring committee of the civil initiative Charter’97 informs about awarding its annual National Human Rights Prize for achievements in the sphere of human rights protection in 2003-2004. The Human Rights Award was established by the Charter`97 civil initiative in 1998. The prize has been awarded to the prominent public and cultural figures, politicians, and journalists. Its laureates in the category “For personal courage in human rights protection” are former Minister of Foreign Economic Ties, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Belarus, MP of the 12th Supreme Soviet, political prisoner Mikhail Marynich; leader of the National Strike Committee of Enterpreneurs, member of the Stirring committee of the European coalition “Free Belarus”, political prisoner Valery Levaneuski; deputy chairman of the National Strike Committee of Entrepreneurs, member of the Stirring committee of the European coalition “Free Belarus”, political prisoner Alyaksandr Vasilyew; leader of the deputy group “Respublika” General Valery Fralou; Zubr coordinator Mikita Sasim; deputy chairman of the Young Front Artur Finkevich. In the category “Journalist’s Best Coverage of Human Rights Theme” the following reporters are awarded: editor assistant of the “Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta” and the “Novaya Gazeta” reporter Iryna Khalip.
In previous years among the prize-winners there were Valery Schukin, Mikola Statkevich, Iryna Krasouskaya, Svyatlana Zavadskaya, Zinaida Hanchar, Zinaida Bandarenka, Uladzimir Pleschanka, the Kurapaty defenders, rock bands “N.R.M.” and “Novae Neba”, film director Viktar Dashuk, journalists Paval Mazhejka, Mikola Markevich, Viktar Ivashkevich, Lubou Luniova, Yuras` Karmanau, Maryna Koktysh, Henadz Barbarych and other prominent public and cultural figures, politicians, and journalists.