Uyghur activist candidate for EP’s human rights prize

BRUSSELS, Ilham Tohti, an Uyghur economist fighting for the rights of Uyghur minority in China, is among the finalists shortlisted by the European Parliament Tuesday for the 2019 Sakharov Prize.

The Restorers, a group of five students from Kenya, murdered Brazilian political activist and human rights defender Marielle Franco, Native Brazilian leader and environmentalist Chief Raoni and Brazilian environmentalist and human rights defender Claudelice Silva dos Santos are among the candidates for the prestigious award.

The group of the finalists was voted by a joint meeting of the EP’s Foreign Affairs and Development committees today.

The EP will select the final laureate on Thursday 24 October. The prize itself will be awarded in a ceremony on 18 December in Strasbourg.

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded each year by the European Parliament.

It was set up in 1988 to honour individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

It is named in honour of Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov and the prize money is 50 000 euros. (USD 55,000).

Source: Kuwait News Agency