Talking at an distinctive ceremony in Brussels, David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, mentioned: “The entire world is conscious of what’s occurring in your nation. We see your braveness. We see your struggling. We see unimaginable abuses. We see violence. Your aspiration and willpower to dwell in a democratic nation is a supply of inspiration for us. “

Svetlana Tihanovskaia, the principle opposition candidate within the August 9 elections in Belarus, mentioned on the time of the primary prize: “Each Belarusian who participates within the peaceable protest in opposition to violence and illegality is a hero. Every is an instance of braveness, compassion and dignity. For the reason that August 9 elections, Belarusians have been protesting each week for his or her future and that of those that can’t be there. They’re protesting for the liberty and dignity of the Belarusians, the Europeans, you and ours. With no free Belarus, Europe just isn’t utterly free both. This yr I’ve just one want: that each Belarusian who’s now in jail or who has been compelled to dwell in exile ought to return house. “

The laureate was elected by the political leaders of the Parliament on October 22, 2020.

The democratic opposition in Belarus is represented by the Coordinating Council, the “Courageous Girls” initiative. These are: essential opposition candidate Svetlana Tihanovskaia, Nobel laureate author Svetlana Alexievici, artist Maria Kolesnikova and activists Volha Kovalkova and Veronika Ţapkala. Political figures and members of civil society: vlogger and political prisoner Sergei Tikhanovsky, founding father of the human rights group Viasna Ales Bialattsky, Sergei Dileuski, founding father of the NEXTA Telegram channel Stepan Putsila and political prisoner and candidate within the 2010 presidential election Mikola Statk.

In a decision adopted in September 2020, the European Parliament condemned the violent repression of peaceable protests by the Lukashenko regime.

Parliament is organizing a fact-finding mission on the state of affairs in Belarus from 18 to 21 December to supply further help to the democratic opposition, in accordance with a decision voted on 26 November 2020.

The Sakharov Prize consists of a diploma and 50,000 euros.

The opposite nominees this yr have been: Honduran environmental activists – Porfirio Sorto Cedillo, José Avelino Cedillo, Orbin Naún Hernández, Kevin Alejandro Romero, Arnold Javier Aleman, Ever Alexander Cedillo, Daniel Marquez, Jeremías Martínez Díaz and Berta Cáceres – and Monsignor Najeeb Michaeel, the archbishop of Mosul, transmits

Nicknamed “the final dictator of Europe”, Alexander Lukashenko has been challenged on the streets for a number of months. The opposition is demanding that he relinquish energy, accusing him of clinging to it by way of fraud and intimidation. 1000’s of protesters have been arrested after the election, a few of them being tortured behind bars. Nevertheless, Alexander Lukashenko didn’t surrender, with the help of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who didn’t rule out utilizing his military in opposition to protesters in Belarus.