The Human Rights Movement “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan” has the honor to announce that one of the five Prize winners in 2019 was the human rights activist Aleksei Petrushevsky, who had been the head of the Center for the Rehabilitation of Children and Youth for 16 years. The Center provided safety, protection and care to over 1762 children who were in difficult circumstances.
This high award was presented by Ms. Nicole Bellubé, Keeper of the Seals, French Minister of Justice and Chair of the National Advisory Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH). The “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” Prize was awarded to A. Petrushevsky for supporting activities to promote human rights, reduce human rights violations, protect children's rights in dangerous situations, and develop horizontal leadership and mentoring for children in difficult circumstances.
On 10 December 2009, the Human Rights Center “Citizens against Corruption” (HRM “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan”) was awarded the Prize of the French Republic and we are proud of the fact, that nine years later the award returned to Kyrgyzstan. The HRM “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan” is a key partner supporting the implementation of the Brotherhood and Mentoring Project for Children in Difficult Circumstances, which will be implemented with the support of this Prize.
It should be noted that in 2019, 138 project applications from 50 countries on the topics “Young Human Rights Defenders” and “Duty of Fraternity” were sent to the National Advisory Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) for consideration. A. Petrushevsky's project proposal won the competition. All 15 members of the commission unanimously voted for it.
We support the new Government of Kyrgyzstan and look forward to see its principled position on commitment to protecting and promoting human rights in our state, supporting and respecting the rights of human rights defenders in accordance with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders , the OSCE Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and the Bratislava Declaration adopted by the participants of the parallel conference of civil society on 4 December 2019.