The Person of the Year for 2022 is the volunteers, activists, and organizations supporting the Ukrainian people.
On December 8, 2022, on the eve of International Human Rights Day on December 10, the fifteenth annual awards of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee "Person of the Year" for contributions to human rights and civil liberties were presented.
The ceremony brought together nearly one hundred people - activists and representatives of organizations and institutions who have worked over the past 12 months for human rights, nature preservation, and animal protection. For the first time in the history of the awards, close to one-third of all eligible nominations were related to the same theme. That theme - unsurprisingly - was Russia's war against Ukraine.
For another year, the awards jury bestowed the "Person of the Year" honor on the volunteers, activists, and organizations supporting the Ukrainian people.
"The year 2022 passed with a horrifying event: the war in Ukraine," said Krasimir Kanev, Chairman of the jury and of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, in his address. "Russia's aggression caused a refugee wave, and Bulgaria became a home for many Ukrainians. To our honor, they were greeted with sympathy and support from Bulgarians. This was manifested in a large number of volunteer initiatives that filled the enormous gap left by the state," Kanev added.