Sakarov Prize Discussion
The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression. There was a panel discussion for nominees in Glasgow.
The European Parliament Office in Scotland and the Glasgow Human Rights Network hosted this event at which students on the MSc in Human Rights & International Politics course prepared presentations on nominees for the Prize, in which they set out the case for each nominee to receive the award. Following a public debate and Q&A session, a vote was taken among all those present. The European Parliament's political leadership decided on the same evening that the Prize was to be awarded to Malala Yousafzai, a young girl who has become a symbol in the fight for women's rights and worldwide access to education after an attempted assassination by the Taliban.
Learn more about the Sakharov Prize here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/aboutparliament/en/00f3dd2249/Sakharov-Prize-for-Freedom-of-Thought.html