The European Parliament supports human rights

The respect for human rights is one of the European Union's fundamental values. Any violation of these rights affects the democratic principles upon which our society is founded, whether they take place within or outside the EU.  The European Parliament fights such violations through legislative action, including election observation, monthly human rights debates in Strasbourg and by enshrining human rights in its external trade agreements.

The European Parliament also supports human rights through the annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, established in 1988.  The prize is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe, drawing attention to human rights violations as well as supporting the laureates and their cause.

Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2016: who are the nominees for this year's prize?


Can DÜNDAR and the defenders of freedom of thought and expression in Turkey

Can Dündar was the editor-in-chief of leading Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet and has become a symbol of resistance against the current crackdown on the media in Turkey. He was arrested after Cumhuriyet published footage showing Turkey's National Intelligence delivering arms to rebels in Syria. Dündar was sentenced to prison, survived an assassination attempt and now lives in exile.


Nadia MURAD and Lamiya AJI BASHAR

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How does the European Parliament support human rights?

In addition to the Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament also supports human rights through concrete political and legislative action.


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