Sakharov Prize Community

The Sakharov Prize Community was developed as an extension of the Sakharov Prize, which the European Parliament awards for outstanding work in the field of human rights.

The Sakharov Prize Community comprises laureates of the Sakharov Prize and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). It was launched as a network by the European Parliament in 2008, when the Sakharov Prize celebrated its 20th anniversary. Its creation recognised the special role of Sakharov Prize winners as Ambassadors for Freedom of Thought , and its members agreed to enhance joint efforts in support of human rights defenders around the world through common actions by the Sakharov Prize winners jointly and under the aegis of the European Parliament'.

The Sakharov Prize Community broadly connects MEPs, laureates, and civil society to increase cooperation on human rights action in Brussels and internationally. It provides as a channel of communication so laureates and Parliament flag address human rights violations and issues. Its members regularly give Sakharov lectures around the EU to raise awareness of human rights issues and spark public debate in the European capitals.

The Community has come together for conferences in 2008, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018. The Sakharov Prize Community conferences are a forum of debate among MEPs, laureates, representatives of the European Union and other international institutions and civil society, and serve as a basis for enhanced network action for human rights.

On 4-5 June 2018, the Sakharov Prize Community gathered in Brussels to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sakharov Prize, take stock of past achievements and identify challenges ahead. The conference was held in the presence of Sakharov Fellows. These Fellows are participants in a programme that the Community initiated in 2013 to empower human rights defenders from across the globe.



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