The European Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize to the Belarusian opposition
In 2020, the Belarusian opposition became the laureate of the Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, established by the European Parliament.
“It is a great honor for me to announce that women and men of the democratic opposition in Belarus have become laureates of the 2020 Sakharov Prize,” President of the European Parliament David Sassoli tweeted. “On their side is that which cannot be defeated by brute force: the truth. Don’t give up in your struggle. We are on your side. “
David Sassoli@EP_PresidentIt is an honour to announce that the women and men of the democratic opposition in #Belarus are the 2020 #SakharovPrize laureates. They have on their side something that brute force can never defeat: the truth. Do not give up on your fight. We are by your side.12:11 PM · 22 окт. 2020 г.
Among the laureates were members of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition, presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Nobel laureate Svetlana Aleksievich, Maria Kolesnikova, Olga Kovalkova, Veronika Tsepkalo, as well as Sergei Tikhanovsky, Ales Belyatsky, Sergei Dylevsky, Stepan Putilo and Nikolai Stat.
The Andrei Sakharov Prize has been awarded since 1988, its prize fund is 50 thousand euros. Over the years, South African President Nelson Mandela, UN head Kofi Annan, Soviet human rights activists Anatoly Marchenko, Sergei Kovalev, Lyudmila Alekseeva, Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov became the laureates of the award. In 2004, the prize was awarded to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, and in 2006 – to the Belarusian opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich, who ran against Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the elections.