On 30 September the Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament announced of the short list of candidates for Andrey Sakharov Prize “For the freedom of thought”. Among the contenders for the award were called Belarusian political prisoners Ales Bialiatski, Eduard Lobau and Mikalai Statkevich, as well as the US national Edward Snovden and the Pakistani human rights activist, schoolgirl Malala Yusufzai.
Belarusian political prisoners were nominated to this prize by the MEPs Marek Migalski, Jacek Protasiewicz and Philip Kaczmarek.
The final winner will be announced on 10 October by the heads of all seven parliamentary groups of the European Parliament. The grand award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 20 October.
The Sakharov Prize, established in 1998, has a cash value of 50 million euros and is the main award of the European Union in the field of human rights.
Previously, Sakharov prize was received by the leader of the movement “For Freedom” Aliaksandr Milinkevich and the Belarusian Association of Journalists.
Ales Bialiatski was also awarded with Sakharov Peace Prize by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee in 2006.