Belarusian political prisoners on the short list of Sakharov prize

2013 2013-10-01T14:13:31+0300 2013-10-01T14:13:31+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Photo collage by RFE/RL

Photo collage by RFE/RL

30 September saw the announcement of the short list of candidates for Andrey Sakharov Prize "For the freedom of thought". Among the contenders for the award the Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament called Belarusian political prisoners Ales Bialiatski, Eduard Lobau and Mikalai Statkevich, as well as the US national Edward Snovden and the Pakistani human rights activist, schoolgirl Malala Yusufzai.

The Belarusian oppositionists were nominated to this prize by the MEPs Marek Migalski, Jacek Protasiewicz and Philip Kaczmarek.

The final winner will be announced on 10 October
by the heads of all seven parliamentary groups of the European Parliament. The grand award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 20 October.

The Sakharov Prize, established in 1998, has a cash value of 50 million euros and is the main award of the European Union in the field of human rights.

Sakharov prize was received by the leader of the movement "For Freedom" Aliaksandr Milinkevich and the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

Ales Bialiatski was also awarded Sakharov Peace Prize by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee in 2006.