September 19, 2019
Find out about this year’s nominees for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
The Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize every year to honour exceptional individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. In 2018 the prize was awarded to Oleg Sentsov.
Nominations for the Sakharov Prize can be made by political groups and/or groups of at least 40 MEPs.
The nominations for the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought are:
|Marielle Franco; Claudelice Silva dos Santos; Chief Raoni||S&D and GUE|
|Ilham Tohti||Renew Europe. Supported by Phillip Bennion, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Reinhard Bütikofer and 58 other MEPs|
|Jean Wyllys; Marielle Franco||Greens/EFA. This nomination has also been supported by Terry Reintke, Tanja Fajon and 43 other MEPs|
Alexei Navalny, a Russian lawyer and political activist. In 2011, he was arrested for the first time for his role in a rally outside the State Duma. He finished second in the 2013 Moscow mayoral election. In 2017, he published a report attacking political corruption and criticising Vladimir Putin and his political allies. This sparked anti-corruption rallies in many Russian cities, which led to the arrest of more than 1,000 demonstrators, including Navalny’s. The authorities prevented him from running in the 2018 presidential elections. Navalny was jailed three times in 2018 and 2019 for violating Russia’s strict protest laws.