|The 36 Sakharov Prize Laureates hail from every corner of the globe, and come from a hugely diverse range of cultural backgrounds. From international organisations to lone activists, they employ different methods and face different challenges. Despite these differences, they are united in their commitment to peaceful struggle for freedom and dignity. All share an unbreakable devotion to human rights, and all have risked their safety, their liberty or even their lives for their common cause. These are the values that Andrei Sakharov so powerfully embodied, and the criteria on which the European Parliament selects the Laureates of the prize that bears his name.