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Friday, 22 July 2005

President of the Republic of Poland posthumously honors Giles Hart.

On 22 July 2005, the President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski posthumously awarded a Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland to Giles Hart.
Giles Hart was killed in the London terrorist attack of 7 July 2005. In the ‘80s, Giles Hart was one of the leading British campaigners supporting Solidarity, especially throughout the days of martial law.  He was a member of Polish Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the main organization in Great Britain committed to providing support to Solidarity movement. Hart was also the editor of the volume For Our and Your Freedom, a collection of reminiscences contributed by PSC members, issued in 1995.
He also founded the Polish Refugee Rights Group (a Polish Group that campaigned for granting refugee status to victims of political persecution) which assisted Poles that chose to stay on in Great Britain after the imposition of martial law. The organization still carries on its work today under the name East European Advice Centre.
He remained committed to the cause of Solidarity till the very end of his days. Hart was helping to co-organize the Solidarity Impact on Great Britain conference scheduled to be held in London in October this year and was one of the guests invited to attend the opening of the exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of Solidarity staged at Kings College.  He was to be an honorary guest at the celebrations commemorating the 25th anniversary of Solidarity foundation.
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