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  • On 20 October 2010 Ms Grażyna Bernatowicz, Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, presented Thomas Hammarberg, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, with the honorable Bene Merito Medal.

    The Medal was awarded to the Commissioner by Mr Radosław Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Upon the Commissioner's initiative, the so-called Korczak lectures in the form of seminars took place in various European cities. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Commissioner published, with financial support from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korczak Lectures book where in addition to the lectures an article Children's right to respect and Irena Sendlerowa's testimony on Janusz Korczak's activity were published. 

    Presenting the Medal, Madam Minister thanked the Commissioner for his commitment to the protection of human rights and particularly the rights of children. She also expressed constant and consistent support of Poland for the promotion of the values defended by the Commissioner. Minister Bernatowicz expressed also her appreciation to the Commissioner's personal involvement in promoting the legacy and memory of Janusz Korczak. 

    Mr Hammarberg thanked for the award, stressing that Bene Merito Medal was a very special sign of the appreciation for his activity. The Commissioner emphasised that Janusz Korczak, through his daily work and tragic death, personalized the supreme sacrifice for the idea of human rights protection.

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