On June 23, 2022, the Bruno Kreisky Foundation for Services to Human Rights awarded the oldest and most renowned human rights prize in Austria, named after former Federal Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, for the 19th time at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue.
The jury of the Bruno Kreisky Prize for services to human rights, composed of independent experts, awarded the international Bruno Kreisky Human Rights Prize 2022 to the Belarusian opposition politician and activist Maria Kalesnikawa for her commitment to democracy and safeguarding human rights in Belarus .
In addition to Maria Kalesnikawa, the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, the asylum coordination Austria and Martin Hochegger, especially for his work in Tanzania, were also honored. Former Austrian Foreign Minister and Ambassador Dr. In his laudatory speech, Peter Jankowitsch recognized Maria Kalesnikawa's commitment to democracy in Belarus. The Lebanese writer and journalist Elias Khoury gave the eulogy for Al-Haq, Father Wili Maningi, pastor in Moshi (Tanzania) and project partner of Martin Hochegger, emphasized Martin Hochegger's work, and Ms. Mag.a Nina Horaczek, political scientist and chief reporter of the weekly newspaper FALTER pointed out the important work done by the Austrian Asylum Coordinator on all aspects of asylum and flight.