Belarus opposition awarded the 2020 Sakharov Prize




The Belarus opposition was awarded the 2020 Sakharov Prize founded by the European Parliament. 

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was founded in 1988 and the European Parliament awards it to outstanding individuals or organizations for defending human rights annually. Following the elections in 2020 August, mass protests started in Belarus against Alexander Lukashenko, led by opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. David Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament emphasised that the "brave women" leading the oppositon in Belarus today "embody the defence of freedom of thought". 

The short film Walls directed by Andrei Kutsila reflects on the current Belarus situation as well as police violence during the protests. You can watch the film in VERZIÓ's program from November 10. 

The Sakharov Prize award ceremony will be on December 16, 2020 in the European Parliament.