Adam Michnik is the 2009 Recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, says an announcement by the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Ratiu Democracy Center, and the Ratiu Charitable Foundation. The award will be presented to the Workers’ Defense Committee (KOR) founder and retired member of Poland’s first democratic parliament at the Woodrow Wilson Center on December 3. As the announcement notes:
For over 40 years Adam Michnik has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to securing the rights and liberties of the Polish people and to the values of democracy. He was a founding member of the Komitet Obrony Robotników (Committee for the Defense of Workers) in 1976 and a prominent activist during the Solidarity movement of the 1980s. He participated in the Round Table Talks of 1989 and was later elected to Poland’s first non-communist parliament, where he served from 1989–1991.