2016 Sakharov Prize: Student debates in Dublin, Cork and Galway
Human rights students from UCD, TCD, UCC and NUIG are participating in events this month to publicise the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and to promote debate on the individual human rights issues to which the prize relates.
The Sakharov prize is awarded every year to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.
As part of the event, students give short presentations on each of the initial list of nominees who were submitted to Parliament on 28 September at a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Development (DEVE) committees and the Human Rights (DROI) subcommittee, outlining the human rights issues involved and arguing why the Sakharov Prize should be given to "their" nominee.
At the end of the presentations the students vote on which of the nominees to recommend for the 2016 Sakharov Prize, with the outcome being sent to Irish and other MEPs, notably those in the Human Rights subcommittee.
The actual vote on the three Sakharov Prize finalists takes place in Parliament on 11 October in a joint meeting of the AFET/DEVE/DROI committees with the final decision being made by Parliament's Conference of Presidents on 27 October. The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday 14 December in Strasbourg.