Belarus Opposition Awarded Sakharov Prize

The democratic opposition in Belarus has been awarded the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. European Parliament President David Sassoli announced the laureates in the Brussels plenary chamber at noon on Thursday, following an earlier decision by the Conference of Presidents (President and political group leaders). “Let me congratulate the representatives of the Belarusian opposition for…

Belarus Coordination Council Nominated for Sakharov Prize

The democratic opposition of Belarus represented by the Coordination Council and number of opposition figures including Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, will be nominated by the EPP Group for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought – the prize which honours those who, like Andrei Sakharov, dedicate their lives to fighting for fundamental and human rights. “The whole…

Aung San Suu Kyi Stripped of Sakharov Prize

The European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents decided yesterday, (Thursday 10th September) to formally suspend Sakharov Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from the Sakharov Prize Community. The decision by the conference of presidents (President and political group leaders) to exclude Aung San Suu Kyi formally from all activities of the Community of Sakharov Prize laureates…

Ilham Tohti Awarded Sakharov Prize

Ilham Tohti’s daughter accepted the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Wednesday on behalf of her jailed father. Tohti, a Uyghur scholar fighting for the rights of China’s Muslim Uyghur minority, has been in prison since 2014 on separatism-related charges. “Ilham Tohti, with his activism, managed to give a voice to the Uyghurs….

Sentsov Calls for the Release of all Political Prisoners in Crimea

Ukrainian civil rights activist Oleg Sentsov,  recently released from a Russian prison and who has become a symbol of all political prisoners in that country, has warned the West “not to forget” those “languishing” in Russian jails. He said, “There are young men still languishing behind bars in Russia, people who have done nothing wrong,…