Ales Bialiatski, Belarusian freedom fighter and human rights defender, Russian group Pussy Riot and Iranians Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi are among three 2012 Sakharov Prize finalists. It was the result of voting in a Foreign affairs Committee and Development Committee on Tuesday.
The laureate will be known on Friday, 26 October following a decision of the Conference of Presidents. The winner will receive €50,000 and be invited to attend the award ceremony on 12 December in Strasbourg.
Ales Bialiatski is currently imprisoned by the Belarusian regime. He lead the Viasna Human Rights Center, which provide financial and legal assistance to political prisoners and their families.
Other nominees are members of Russian group “Pussy Riot”. The girls have been sentenced to two years in a labour camp, for performing the any-Putin song in the Moscow cathedral.
The Parliament nominated as well two activists from Iran. They are Nasrin Sotoudeh, an imprisoned Iranian lawyer, who has represented imprisoned Iranian opposition activists following the disputed June 2009 presidential elections. The second nominee is Jafar Panahi, an Iranian film director who won the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
European Parliament press service/agkm
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