Sakharov Prize 2016, Glasgow - 16th November 2016
Students on the MSc Human Rights and International Politics course at the University of Glasgow hosted, with the support of the European Information Office in Edinburgh, a debate on the 2016 Sakharov Prize finalists.
Over a period of six weeks, the students worked in groups to research a nominee each and create a multimedia presentation to make the case for their assigned candidate. Following the presentation, students and members of the audience voted to award the Prize to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar. Both women are survivors of sexual enslavement at the hands of ISIS, and, after their escape from captivity, have become spokespersons for women afflicted by the terrorist groups' campaign of sexual violence, and for the Yazidi community in Iraq. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought celebrates exceptional individuals who play an important role in fighting intolerance, fanaticism and oppression globally.