Sakharov Prize to Ladies in
White on Cuba.
It is fantastic good news that Damas de Blanco gets the Sakharov Prize.
The publicity that this prize is bringing is invaluable for these brave,
peaceful ladies supporting their imprisoned husbands. In their situation
they need all the support from the outside world they can get. This
again shows that the situation on Cuba is extremely serious and that the
EU has to take action.
This was said by Cecilia Malmström (ALDE), member of European
Parliament's foreign affairs committee and liberal spokesperson on human
rights, engaged in the situation on Cuba. The conference of Presidents
in the European Parliament today decided that the Ladies in White on
Cuba will receive the Sakharov Prize, together with two other
candidates. Ladies in White is a group of women who stand up for the
rights of Cuban political prisoners by protesting peacefully, every
Sunday, dressed in white as a symbol of peace and the innocence of their
husbands. The prize will be handed out at a formal ceremony in the
chamber of the European Parliament in December this year.
The Sakharov Prize was instituted in 1988 and is handed out once a year
by the Foreign affairs committee in the European Parliament to a person
or an organization which is defending democracy, human rights and the
freedom of press. Former prize takers have among others been Nelson
Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Oslobodjene, Oswaldo Paya and the Belarusian
organization for journalists.
October 27, 2005