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Sakharov Prize





21 October 2011

A group of five activists from the Arab world, Dzmitry Bandarenka and the San José de Apartado Peace Community are the three finalists for the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The winner will be announced on 27 October, following a decision by the European Parliament's Conference of Presidents.


The three finalists were selected on 20 October by the Subcommittee on Human Rights from a list of five nominations (the other two nominees were the Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish and Slovenian writer Boris Pahor).


The first is an Arab spring' group nomination of five individuals who risked their own lives to bring about democracy and fundamental rights. Asmaa Mahfouz (Egypt), Ahmed al-Zubair Ahmed al-Sanusi (Libya), Razan Zaitouneh (Syria), Ali Farzat (Syria) and Mohamed Bouazizi (Tunisia) all played a decisive role in the Arab spring. This nomination was submitted jointly by the EPP, S&D, ALDE and Greens groups.


Bandarenka is a Belarusian civil activist and member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists. He is one of the co-founders of the Charter 97 civil rights initiative and co-coordinator of the European civil campaign in Belarus. He was nominated by the ECR group.


The San José de Apartado Peace Community is a Colombian community of campesinos' (peasant farmers) that has become an internationally recognised symbol of courage, resilience and dedication to the values of peace and justice in an environment of brutality and destruction. The community was nominated by the GUE-NGL group.


The Sakharov Prize has been awarded by Parliament since 1988 to individuals or organisations that have made a significant contribution to the struggle for human rights or democracy.




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