German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) awarded North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev for his commitment to the rights of all people in the country and the reform course, the Foundation, said in a statement.
It added 2020 was not good regarding human rights, since many authoritarian regimes used the coronavirus pandemic to conduct sharp cuts in the area of human rights. That made it even more appropriate to respect the activities that fought against those trends.
Describing Zaev as ‘a bright example’, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, recalled his contribution to the agreement of the friendship with Bulgaria in 2017, and the solution of the 27-year-long name issue with Greece.
“Even as an opposition leader, Zaev was an important, leading figure in advocating civil rights for all people in his country which during the so-called ‘colorful revolution’ peacefully acted for new elections”, the statement said.
It added his reformist policies, after so many disappointments, finally led to the decision on the start of negotiating process with the European Union and to North Macedonia’s NATO membership.
Zaev will receive the award at an online manifestation on November 16, with the participation of the German Foreign Minister Haiko Mass. North Macedonia’s Prime Minister will address the audience in the ‘How to Defend Human Rights and Mulitilaterism in Times When Those Values are Under Increasing Pressure”, the statement has added.