This Thursday, the European Parliament elected Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalni, a group of Afghan women and former Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez as finalists for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Conscience, which the institution awards every year in recognition of the struggle for human rights .
The winner will be announced on October 21, following a behind-closed-door decision by the Conference of Presidents, which will bring political group leaders together with a presence in the European Parliament. The award ceremony will take place on December 15th during the plenary session in Strasbourg (France).
The selection of the three finalists is the result of a vote this Thursday at the meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Development Committees, where MEPs selected them as examples of the struggle for rights at global level.
Sultana Jaya and Global Witness, a humanitarian organization that denounced the attacks on environmental activists, were shortlisted.
Navalni’s candidacy, poisoned in the summer of 2020, treated for months in a German hospital and imprisoned on his return to Russia, has the support of the European People’s Party and the Liberals von Renew.
Socialists, for their part, have supported the Afghan women’s collective, a group of activists, politicians, journalists and teachers, to highlight their struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan. That candidacy won whole numbers after the Taliban seized power last August when international troops were disengaged in chaos.
Áñez, a former Bolivian president and currently in prison, was supported by the group of Conservatives and Reformists, including Vox, who promoted his candidacy Violation of Democratic Values ”.
The left, for its part, defended the candidacy of Sultana Jaya, the defender of the Sahrawi cause and who is under house arrest, while a group of environmental MPs supported Global Witness.
The Sakharov has been honoring personalities and organizations who campaign for human rights and fundamental freedoms since 1988 and is endowed with prize money of 50,000 euros.