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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

EU Awards Human Rights Prize to Belarus Opposition

The European Union (EU) awarded its highest human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for challenging President Alexander Lukashenko’s reign.

The European Union (EU) awarded its highest human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for challenging President Alexander Lukashenko’s reign.

“They have stood and still stay strong in the face of a much stronger adversary. But they have on their side something that brute force can never defeat, and this is the truth,” said president David Sassoli at the European Parliament.

Lukashenko won his sixth term in office in a presidential election that is allegedly rigged. 

Tsikhanouskaya only got 10% of the vote, while Lukashenko got 80%. 

Lukashenko and her supporters refused to recognize the outcome and accused the votes of being manipulated.

The EU award was named after the Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, which was created in 1988 to praise groups or individuals who fought for fundamental freedoms and human rights. 

The EU award will be shown in a ceremony in Strasbourg, France, on Dec. 16.

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