Euro-Parliament awards 2020 Sakharov Prize to Belarus opposition

The European Parliament awarded its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought Thursday to the democratic opposition in Belarus – which has been in a political crisis since the disputed 9 August presidential elections. The democratic opposition in Belarus is represented by the Coordination Council, an initiative of brave women, as well as prominent political and civil society figures. Read more about the laureates, as well as the other finalists here.

Belarus has been in the midst of a political crisis since the disputed presidential elections on 9 August, which led to an uprising against authoritarian President Aliaksandr Lukashenka and a subsequent brutal crackdown on demonstrators by the regime. The Sakharov award ceremony will be held on 16 December. On Wednesday, Parliament also adopted new recommendations calling for a comprehensive review of the EU’s relations with Belarus.

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded each year by the European Parliament. It was set up in 1988 to honour individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. It is named in honour of Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov and the prize money is 50,000 euros. Last year, the prize was given to Ilham Tohti, an Uyghur economist fighting for the rights of China’s Uyghur minority.

 

Source: EU Business

Author: Tiia Tuomisto