The Ninth Civil Society Champions Award Ceremony was Held in Minsk

10/01/2018

On 21st December, Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs held the ninth Civil Society Champions award ceremony to praise outstanding persons and mark the most interesting events that took place in the Belarusian civil society sector in 2017.

The winner in the Civil Leader of the Year nomination became Siarhei Drazdoŭski, the coordinator of the Office for the Rights of People with Disabilities and the initiator of the campaign “Agenda 50”. The campaign was launched in five Belarusian towns and was aimed at promoting and implementing provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Civil Leader of the Year - Siarhei Drazdoŭski

Civil Leader of the Year – Siarhei Drazdoŭski

 

The jury chose two winners in the New initiative nomination: public movement “Dzieja” and “Chajsy” initiative (Viciebsk).

Jan Dziarzaucau, Uladzimier Ivanou (“Chajsy” initiative, Viciebsk)

Jan Dziarzaucau, Uladzimier Ivanou (“Chajsy” initiative, Viciebsk)

 

The prize in the Creative Input of the Year nomination went to the Young Front activists and writers’ community who had organized an event called “The night of murdered poets”. The prize was received by Nasta Daškievič and Uladzimier Niakliajeŭ.

Nasta Daškievič and Uladzimier Niakliajeŭ

Nasta Daškievič and Uladzimier Niakliajeŭ

 

The prize in the Media/Journalist of the Year nomination was awarded to the video blogger Maksim Filipovič from Homiel. His YouTube channel became so popular that Belarusian authorities accused him in substituting the official State media.

Maksim Filipovič

Maksim Filipovič

 

The Screw Up of the Year “anti-award” is given to governmental agencies/officials who perform negative actions against civil society organizations or their representatives. This year, the jury decided to give this anti-award for the institution of criminal proceedings for alleged preparation of mass riots. Over 30 former activists of the organization “Bely Lehijon” and patriotic sports club “Patriot” were detained within this criminal case.

Nina Szydlouskaja, Ales Kirkievic

Nina Szydlouskaja, Ales Kirkievic

 

The Marches of non-slackers against the Decree No 3 that were held in several Belarusian cities in 2017 received the prize in the Regional Event nomination this year. Many Belarusian citizens and civil activists participated in the Marches. The prize was received by activists from Slonim, Homiel and Vorša.

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The award in the Partnership of the Year nomination was received by the Belarusian weekends project for implementation of the best initiative bringing together partners from different fields and sectors. Within the Belarusian weekends project, movies dubbed in Belarusian were screened in several cinemas of the country in 2017.

Andrej Kim

Andrej Kim

 

The Campaign in defense of Kurapaty was named the Campaign of the Year.

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The prize in the Media Activity nomination was awarded to the social networks of the search and rescue team “Angel”.

Siarhiej Kouhan

Siarhiej Kouhan