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Mustafa Jemiliev awarded Polandís Solidarity Prize

08.05.14

Mustafa Jemiliev, leader of the Crimean Tatars has become the first laureate of Polandís Solidarity Award.†† Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski announced the award on Wednesday, saying that the decision had been reached unanimously.† The award will be handed to Mustafa Jemiliev by President Bronisław Komorowski in Warsaw on June 3. ††

Sikorski spoke of Jemilievís commitment over years to defending democracy in Ukraine and especially the rights of the Crimean Tatars. †He had spent 15 years in the Soviet labour camps and had recently been banned entry to the Crimea.† Sikorski called him the defender of Ukraineís territorial integrity and somebody who, together with his people, has demonstrated that democracy is possibly in societies with Muslim traditions.

The Solidarity Prize has been initiated to mark the twenty fifth anniversary of free elections in Poland. ††Mustafa Jemiliev will receive 250 thousand EUR personally, with another 50 thousand for a visit to Poland to ďlearn about our successful struggle for freedom.Ē†† The remaining 700 thousand EUR will be spent on development assistance projects.

From a report at Gazeta Wyborcza

Please see the following to understand why the award could not be more timely:

Russian Ban on Mustafa Jemiliev enforced

and Puppet Prosecutor threatens to dissolve Crimean Tatar Mejlis

see also:
Member of Crimean Tatar Mejlis assaulted in Simferopol
’Prosecutor’ threatens to dissolve Crimean Tatar Mejlis
Affront or Offensive? Russian OMON block Mustafa Jemiliev
Russian ban on Mustafa Dzhemiliev enforced
Mejlis gets official warning over Ukrainian flag
Jemiliev: Russian FSB snooping even in Crimean mosques
Russian Annexation Ė Crimean Tatar Tragedy
Attack on Crimean Tatar Mejlis
Mustafa Jemiliev: Crimean Tatars full of foreboding about the future
Crimean Tatars vote to create a national autonomy in the Crimea
Crimean Tatars left no space for illusion