EU’s Sakharov Prize 2015 won by Raif Badaw


Saudi blogger Raif Badawi is selected for European Union’s conspicuous Sakharov Prize for human rights for year 2015. European Parliament assembly in Strasbourg, France has honoured Mr. Bidawi with this award seeing him as a sign of the fight for freedom of speech.

  • Raif Badawi, author of the website Free Saudi Liberals received an international fame in 2012.
  • He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1, 000 lashes in Saudi Arabia for insulting Muslim priests.
  • He was one of 3 nominees for this year’s edition prize.
  • The others were: the Assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and Venezuelan opposition movement Mesa de la Unidad Democratica.

About Sakharov Prize:

  • The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is annual award given by the European Parliament.
  • Granted on individuals or organisations who have dedicated their lives to the protection of human rights and freedom of thought.
  • It was established in December 1988 and named after Soviet scientist (physicist).
  • The first prize was jointly awarded to: South African Nelson Mandela and Russian human rights campaigner Anatoly Marchenko.
  • It is awarded yearly on or around December 10, the day on which the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, also celebrated as Human Rights Day.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 2, 2015