An interregional coalition of human rights organizations intends to present the Russian opposition leader with the Courage Award.
An interregional coalition of 25 human rights organizations on Monday announced that its prestigious international human rights award this year would be awarded to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in prison.
Leonid Volkov, the coordinator of Navalny’s regional headquarters, welcomed the decision, calling it an important demonstration of support from the international human rights community.
Navalny has been on a hunger strike since March 31 to protest that the prison administration does not allow a visiting doctor to visit him. On Sunday, doctors warned that his condition was rapidly deteriorating and could go into cardiac arrest.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned Moscow on Sunday that there would be “consequences” if Navalny died.
The Courage Award of the Geneva Forum on Human Rights and Democracy will be awarded on behalf of the opposition leader to his 20-year-old daughter Daria Navalnaya. The ceremony will be held online on June 8, on the eve of the annual session of the UN Human Rights Council. Navalny was awarded the award for “exceptional courage and heroic efforts to raise the alarm about the gross human rights violations committed by the Putin regime against the Russian people,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of United Nations Watch. It is one of the organizations participating in the organization of the Geneva Forum.