The European Parliament awarded the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Mahsa Amini, a courageous young woman from Iran, and the movement “Women: Life, Freedom”.
Amini’s tragic and brutal death on September 16, 2022, just three days after her arrest by Iran’s morality police for allegedly violating strict dress codes, has become a turning point.
The European Parliament President, Roberta Metsola, emphasized that Amini’s savage killing marked a pivotal moment, underscoring the extreme measures taken by the Iranian regime to suppress dissent. Amini’s bravery has not only galvanized the movement she led but also united countless advocates for equality, dignity, and freedom in Iran.
The Sakharov Prize symbolizes the resilience of those who stand up against oppression, serving as a beacon of hope for others striving for a just and liberated society.
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, initially awarded in 1988 to notable figures like Nelson Mandela and Anatoli Marchenko, is a prestigious accolade presented by the European Union to commend exceptional work in the realm of human rights.
This esteemed prize serves to honor the contributions made by individuals, groups, and organizations in safeguarding freedom of thought. Through the prize and its network of associates, the EU extends its support to laureates, offering them the necessary tools and empowerment to champion their causes.