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19-06-2013

Lecture by Ms Hauwa Ibrahim, Sakharov Laureate 2005, 19 June 2013, Dublin

This Wednesday 19 June, the European Parliament Office in Ireland will host a Sakharov Prize Network lecture with guest speaker Hauwa Ibrahim, Sakharov Laureate 2005 and Nigerian human rights lawyer.  This will be an opportunity to hear the personal experiences of Ms Ibrahim in her drive to promote freedom and democracy. The lecture will take place from 18h30-20h00 at the European Parliament Office, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.   All welcome.  To register please call (01) 6057900 or     e-mail epdublin@ep.europa.eu.

Hauwa Ibrahim has built up what can only be described as an extraordinary practice defending people who are condemned under Islamic Sharia law.  Hauwa's cause now resonates beyond Nigeria's borders.  

Ms Ibrahim has been invited by the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland and the European Parliament's Human Rights Action Unit as part of a new initiative to promote Sakharov-Prize related activities and human rights actions in Member States.  Ms Ibrahim will be in Ireland from 18-21 June for a series of meetings and seminars with members of the Oireachtas, civil society, students and academics.  

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The Sakharov Prize
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is intended to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression and is awarded each year by the European Parliament. The prize was set up in 1988 to honour individuals or organisations for their efforts on behalf of human rights and fundamental freedoms.  Parliament awards the human rights prize at a formal sitting held in Strasbourg on or around 10 December, the day on which the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948.  Like Andrei Sakharov himself, all the winners of the prize have shown how much courage it takes to defend human rights and freedom of expression.

How is the winner chosen?
Nominations for Sakharov Prize can be made by political groups or at least 40 MEPs. The Foreign Affairs and Development committees vote on a shortlist of three finalists based on the nominations and later the Conference of Presidents chooses one Laureate.

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