Poland awards ‘Solidarity Prize’ to Crimean Tatar leader

Poland awarded on May 7 2014 a prize for championing democracy and human rights to Mustafa Dzhemilev, the pro-Kyiv leader of Crimea’s Tatar community who was barred from the region after Russia annexed the peninsula.

The inaugural “Solidarity Prize” was given to Dzhemilev for fighting “for democracy and the respect of rights and civil liberties in Ukraine, especially with regard to the Tatar community,” Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski told reporters.

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