Sakharov 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
On 20th November, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh and the Glasgow Human Rights Network hosted a panel discussion and a public debate on the Sakharov Prize 2014. Human Rights & International Politics students took part in the event introducing the nominees for the Prize.
Following a lively Q&A session, a vote was taken among all those present. Participants confirmed the decision taken by the MEPs in Strasbourg and awarded the Sakharov Prize to the Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, who helps thousands of rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The other 2014 Sakharov Prize nominees included:
- Mr Mahmoud Al ‘Asali a law professor from the University of Mosul who stood up for Christian rights and was killed last July, and Mr Louis Raphael Sako, the Iraqi-born patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church.
- CHREDO, Open Doors, Oeuvre d'Orient and Aid to the Church in Need, organisations for the protection of Christian minorities.
- The pro-European Ukrainian movement EuroMaidan, represented by the journalist Mr Mustafa Nayem, the musician and Eurovision winner Ms Ruslana Lyzhychko, activist Ms Yelyzaveta Schepetylnykova and journalist Ms Tetiana Chornovol.
- The Somali-born American activist, Ms Ayaan Hirsi Ali, defender of women's rights in Islamic societies and known for her opposition to female genital mutilation.
- Ms Leyla Yunus, imprisoned Azerbaijani human rights activist and director of the Institute of Peace and Democracy.
To learn more about the Sakharov Prize please click here.