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Nominations for Sakharov Prize 2015 presented in joint committee meeting

The nominations for Parliament´s 2015 Sakharov Prize will be officially presented on Monday at 15.00 in a joint meeting by foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee in room JAN 2Q2 (József Antall building) in Brussels. The committees will shortlist three finalists on 15 October. The laureate will be decided by political group leaders and Parliament’s President (Conference of Presidents) on 29 October. The award ceremony takes place in Strasbourg on 16 December.

The six nominations (in alphabetical order) for this year’s European Parliament 2015 Sakharov Prize are the following:

• Edna Adan Ismail: a Somali activist for the abolition of female genital mutilation and a former government minister, nominated by EFDD

• Raif Badawi: a Saudi Arabian blogger, writer and activist and the creator of the website Free Saudi Liberals, nominated by S&D, ECR and the Greens/EFA

• Democratic opposition in Venezuela: embodied by political prisoners and the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, which integrates all democratic opposition to the totalitarianism of the current Venezuelan President Maduro, nominated by EPP and MEPs Fernando Maura Barandiarán and Dita Charanzová

• Boris Nemtsov: an opposition leader and civil society activist in Russia who was assassinated in Moscow in February 2015, nominated by ALDE

• Nadiya Savchenko: a Ukrainian citizen and former pilot of the Ukrainian Ground Forces who was captured by the pro-Russian separatists in the Eastern part of Ukraine in June 2014, nominated by ECR

• Edward Snowden, Antoine Deltour, Stéphanie Gibaud: Three whistle-blowers: Edward Snowden, an American computer specialist and former CIA/NSA employee who revealed details of several American mass surveillance programmes, Antoine Deltour, the main whistleblower in the “Luxleaks” financial scandal revealing the content of hundreds of highly favourable tax agreements between the Luxembourg tax authorities and audit firms on behalf of their international clients and Stéphanie Gibaud who played a decisive role in reporting practices of tax evasion, tax fraud and money laundering by the French and Swiss subsidiaries of UBS. All three nominated by GUE/NGL.

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