Sakharov Prize 2005: interview of representatives of the Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco), Sakharov Prize Winner 2005
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Event date 23/04/2013
Duration 05:46
Reference 93368
Background Eight years after being named as winner, the Cuban Ladies in White are finally set to receive their 2005 Sakharov Prize in person from EP president Martin Schulz. The Ladies, the mothers and wives of Cuban political prisoners, have only now been authorised by Havana to travel to Europe to collect their prize. It will be handed over by Mr Schulz during a special ceremony today at 17.45pm CET. Watch the award ceremony live here.

In 2005, the European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Cuban protest movement Ladies in White. However, the Ladies were not allowed by the Cuban regime to travel to Europe and receive the award. The award will now be handed over during a special joint meeting of the foreign affairs, development and human rights committees.

  The Sakharov Prize is awarded by the EP every year to honour individuals or organisations campaigning for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Launched in 1988, the prize is named after Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet physicist, political dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Production format Pre-edited
Format 16:9
Copyright © European Union, 2013
Filename ebs93368[Lo-VI].mp4
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