MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Congratulations to the courageous award winners
The European Parliament is awarding its prestigious Sakharov Prize to the opposition in Belarus this year. The chairman of the working group on human rights and humanitarian aid of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Michael Brand, explains:
“This is a really good decision. By awarding the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize to the opposition in Belarus, the parliamentarians are sending a strong signal of support and solidarity with the courageous Belarusian population. The Belarusian protest has a female face. We continue to stand firmly by the side of the committed women and girls, whose pictures go around the world.
Since the presidential election in early August 2020, people have been demonstrating regularly across the country despite the violent actions of the regime under President Aljaksandr Lukashenka. Over 6,000 people were arrested in the first three days after the election alone.
With the award ceremony, the European Parliament has adopted the demand for new elections, the release of all political prisoners and the end of violence against Belarusian civil society and stands by the side of the peaceful demonstrators.
The CDU / CSU parliamentary group congratulates the democratic opposition combined with great respect for their courageous commitment to democracy, the rule of law and human rights in their country. “
Andrei Sakharov, a Soviet nuclear physicist and dissident, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975 for his commitment to human rights. The EP has been promoting human rights since 1988 by awarding the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. It awards this award to people who work in a special way around the world for human rights, the protection of minorities and the respect for international law.
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