Asma Jahangir honoured with Polish human rights award


ISLAMABAD: Renowned lawyer and human rights defender Asma Jahangir received an HR award from the hands of Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Republic of Poland Rados?aw Sikorski during a celebration held in Warsaw on January 29, the International Human Rights Day. 
Ambassador of The Republic of Poland Dr Andrzej Ananicz commemorated the occasion during a reception hosted in Serena Hotel, Islamabad on March 14, along with many members of the diplomatic community in Pakistan.
“Asma Jahangir comes from a part of the world that seems far away from Poland and Europe geographically, politically and culturally, but wherever people are struggling for fundamental justice and dignity, in Pakistan or Ukraine, they deserve full recognition and support”, Sikorski said during the ceremony held in Warsaw in January. He added that the Polish are aware of that like any other country in the world.
Thanking for the award Asma Jahangir said that she feels honoured, that her work was recognised by Poland. “I know how you value freedom, democracy and human dignity. Human dignity is a value that people fight for all over the world. Even in your region people are fighting for their basic rights today”, she underlined.
The “Pro Dignitate Humana” award has been established in 2011 by the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. It is being awarded to a person or an NGO for full commitment and uncompromising work in defence of human rights and dignity. The award is being presented during an annual ceremony on the occasion of The International Human Rights Day. In 2011 the award was issued to AlesBialacki, a Belarusian HR defender, director of The Centre for Human Rights “Spring”, who is currently in jail. In 2012 the award was presented to a Russian association “Memorial”, that deals with HR and issues concerning the past, totalitarian, communistic regime in the former USSR. 

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