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Sakharov Prize 2017

News Alert - 13-12-2017
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The EP awards the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to individuals or organisations who fight for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Each nominee must have the support of at least 40 MEPs, and each individual Member may support only one nominee. Signed nominations accompanied by supporting evidence are then assessed in a joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Committee on Development (DEVE). A shortlist of three candidates is drawn up through a vote by AFET and DEVE committees, and then submitted to the Conference of Presidents for a final vote. The winner is usually announced in October, and the award ceremony takes place in November/December at plenary sitting in Strasbourg.
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  1. Plenary session: Ceremony of the 2017 Sakharov Prize    13/12/2017

The democratic opposition in Venezuela including the country's National Assembly (Julio Borges, Speaker) and all political prisoners as listed by Foro Penal Venezolano, represented by Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, Daniel Ceballos, Yon Goicoechea, Lorent Saleh, Alfredo Ramos and Andrea González, will all, either in person or through representatives, be presented and receive the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

  1. Antonio TAJANI, EP President, announces the laureate of the 2017 Sakharov Prize    26/10/2017

The winner of the 2017 Sakharov Prize is decided by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and political group leaders and announced by Mr Tajani in plenary session on Thursday.
Find out who are the nominees are for this year's Sakharov Prize. The laureate is announced on 26 October.

  1. Vote on a list of three candidates    10/10/2017

Sakharov Prize 2017: finalists revealed

Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, Democratic Opposition in Venezuela and Dawit Isaak shortlisted for Sakharov Prize 2017. Laureate will be selected on 26 October by the Conference of Presidents.