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The 2023 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was awarded to Jina Mahsa Amini and the Iranian protest movement “Women, Life and Freedom”. The president of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola announced the decision in the plenary session in Strasbourg. The Sakharov Prize is the European Chamber’s highest civil rights award.
Who was Mahsa Amini
Jina Mahsa Amini was a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who was arrested by police in Tehran in September 2022 for ignoring Iran’s strict headscarf laws. She died in a Tehran hospital three days later, following physical abuse suffered in detention. Her death sparked massive women-led protests in Iran. With the slogan “Woman, Life, Freedom”, they protested against the hijab law and other discriminatory laws.
What is the Sakharov Prize
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was established in 1988 to honor people and organizations that defend human rights and fundamental freedoms and includes a cash prize of 50,000 euros. The awards ceremony will take place on 13 December 2023 in the European Parliament chamber in Strasbourg.