Assembly announced the winners of the Civil Society Champions award–2016


On 23rd December, Minsk hosted the eighth Civil Society Champions award ceremony. Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs marked the most outstanding and interesting events in the public sector for the current year.

Opening the ceremony, Chairman of the Assembly’s Working Group Siarhiej Mackievic noted: We hope that Civil Society Champions award will give impetus to new initiatives that expand the space of democracy in Belarus and contribute to national revival”.

Zmicier Daskievic

Zmicier Daskievic


An award The Civil Leader of the Year was given to Zmicier Daskievic, who in 2016 initiated a collection of signatures for giving the Belarusan national white-red-white flag the status of historical value, destroyed 3.5 m of “topsoil’ on the Belarusan-Russian border, protested against opening the “Minsk-Moscow” graffiti and the establishment of a monument to Lenin.

The award in the New Initiative nomination was given to the “Human Constanta” agency that had launched public actions in defense of the refugees’ and migrants’ rights in Brest.

The jury consisting of 116 people this year, gave the prize In the Creative Input of the Year nomination to an unknown artist who painted barbed wire in the middle of the scandalous “Minsk-Moscow” graffiti.

The campaign on protection of Asmalouka, the historical and cultural district of Minsk, was called Regional Event this year. Local residents have been fighting for the preservation of this part of the capital for several years.

The award in the Partnership of the Year nomination was given to the platform. This nonprofit site is aimed at active people who want to find teams and financing to implement their ideas. Projects on the development of the Belarusan language and culture receive great support on the platform. Statuette and diploma were received by the creative director Ivan Viadzienin and Julia Babrujskaja.

The award in the Media Activity nomination was received by the “Imena” (“Names”) online magazine which publishes stories of different Belarusans, as well as gives its readerse and opportunity to support important social projects. The magazine editor Kaciaryna Siniuk could not come to the ceremony, but sent a letter stating that their online project existed only thanks to the people’s support and thanking everyone who had voted for them.

The Screw Up of the Year “anti-award”

The Screw Up of the Year “anti-award”

The Screw Up of the Year “anti-award” was given to the Minsk City Executive Committee staff who roughly detained members of a peaceful action of cyclists “Critical mass”.

The prize in the category Media/Journalist of the Year was awarded to the author of 98 materials on civil society in 2016, Halina Abakuncyk from Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), for the most thorough and versatile lighting of relevant activities in the non-governmental sector.

Halina Abakuncyk

Halina Abakuncyk


The campaign on collecting signatures for giving the national Belarusan white-red-white flag the status of historical and cultural value was recognized the Campaign of the Year, #nashstsyag.


Civil Society Champions Award ceremony is an annual event launched by the Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs. It is called to honor the brightest civil activists, significant events and organizations in the Belarusan civil sector. The first ceremony took place on 23 December 2009 in Minsk. The award was established by the Assembly of NGOs. The winners are chosen by the jury (this year there were 116 persons in the jury) which includes members of the Assembly’s Working Group, community leaders and experts, award winners of previous years, journalists.