Historical Archives of the European Union

The Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament and human rights worldwide

The Archives Unit and the Directorate for the Library and Knowledge Services of the European Parliament have created an online exhibition to illustrate the history of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

08/06/2021 | News

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, founded in 1988, is the highest honour bestowed by the EU for actions promoting human rights.

To mark the 100th anniversary since the birth of Andrei Sakharov, a new digital exhibition explaining the history of the prize is now online.

Available on the Europeana platform in 24 languages, this digital exhibition shows how, as an instrument of parliamentary diplomacy, the Sakharov Prize has established itself over time as a powerful testament to Parliament’s commitment to standing up to dictatorships and to safeguarding human rights around the world.

Included in the exhibit is a video from Vice-President Hautala (Responsible of the Sakharov network) and Lorent Saleh (Laureate 2017 - representatives of the democratic opposition of Venezuela).

Image © European Union, 2021 - Source: European Parliament

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