Belarusian opposition leader Ms Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to be awarded 2020 Prize of the Platform

Prague, 2 October 2020. The Member institutions and organisations of the Platform have decided to award the 2020 Prize of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience to the Belarusian opposition leader Ms Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

Ms Tsikhanouskaya will receive the Prize in recognition of her personal courage and her tireless efforts in advocating human rights and fundamental democratic values and freedoms during her campaign and after the last presidential elections in Belarus.

The Platform particularly recognises and endorses Ms Tsikhanouskaya’s current struggle to uphold fundamental human rights, like the right to free elections, which has recently been supressed in Belarus. The Platform hopes that the Prize will contribute toward support to all democratic movements in Belarus and trusts that the current political situation will finally lead to a peaceful solution with full respect for the will of the Belarusian people.

The Prize of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience will be awarded in Prague during the Platform’s annual Council of Members meeting on 9-11 November 2020.