Sakharov Prize network meeting: human rights protection in the digital age
May 25, 2016
Nine former Sakharov prize laureates from different countries, including from the European Neighbourhood region, met in Brussels yesterday to discuss how to adapt to the challenges facing human rights defenders in the digital era. The event is organised by the European Parliament (EP) in the framework of Sakharov prize network activities engaging former prize laureates and Members of EP to draw attention to human rights violations and to support former laureates and their causes.
Among the laureates participating were 2011 winner Ali Ferzat, from Syria, Zhanna Litvina, Representative of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Sakharov Prize Laureate in 2004, and Vitaliy Ponomarev, representative of Memorial, Sakharov Prize Laureate 2009, from Russia.
The Sakharov Prize is awarded every year since 1988 to distinguish exceptional people who fight for human rights across the globe and to highlight their cause, the EP press release said. Throughout the year the Sakharov Prize network of former laureates meets to highlight issues. (EU Neighbourhood Info)