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Farewell to Bogusław Stanisławski

It was with deep sorrow and regret that we received the news of the death of Bogusław Stanisławski – our friend, a great man, Board member of the Open Dialogue Foundation in the years 2014-2018.

Bogusław Stanisławski was a patriarch of the Polish human rights movement. Among other things, he was the co-founder of the Polish branch of Amnesty International, first heading its Warsaw department and then, in the years 1999-2001, working as its president. During the period of the Polish People’s Republic, he was closely connected with the Solidarity opposition movement, working with Jacek Kuroń. President Bronisław Komorowski awarded him the Order of Polonia Restituta (the Commander’s Cross) for his activity. Stanislawski supported democratic changes in the East European countries, in Russia, in the Caucasus and in the Central Asia; he was a big friend of Ukraine and the Ukrainians. Starting from 2015, he worked tirelessly and more persistently than anyone else to defend the European values and the rule of law in Poland. No words can describe his kindness, passion and commitment to the defence of the most honourable ideas and the most noble activities to which he devoted his life.

May his memory be honoured!