Doctor Denis Mukwege won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on Tuesday for his work in helping thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Parliament president Martin Schulz announced the award for Mukwege, who has previously been tipped several times for the Nobel Peace Prize, for his work in treating the appalling injuries inflicted on the victims.
Parties in Parliament "decided unanimously to award Dr Denis Mukwege the Sakharov Prize for his fight... for women," Schulz said.
Schulz named the pro-Western Ukraine democracy and rights group EuroMaidan, which led the popular revolt against deposed president Viktor Yanukovych, as runner-up and invited its leading lights to the awards ceremony in November.
The third candidate was prominent Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus, who is currently being detained on treason charges.
Note: The Sakharov Prize, named after the famous Russian scientist and dissident Andrey Sakharov, recognises significant contributions to the promotion of human rights and democracy around the world.
Andrey Sakharov defended the rights of Crimean Tatar, who were deported from Crimea by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1944. Sakharov has made his debut as a dissident with his stimulating essay “Thoughts on Progress, Peacefull Coexistance and Intellectual Freedom”, where he mentioned the plight of Crimean Tatars. In 1978 Sakharov even wrote an appeal to Brezhnev regarding Crimean Tatars.
Jamala’s song became soundtrack to film about Fanny Kaplan
Ukraine penalizes Russian airlines for flights to Crimea
Occupants continue to "bury" imported products in Crimea
Turkey continues to advance into Syria and Iraq
2016 Sakharov Prize winners named
Argentine Ambassador issued a statement on Crimea and Donbas
Ministry of Justice: Lustration is almost complete
Russia provided new data on downed Boeing
Ukrainian MFA protests against Putin's visit to Crimea
MFA compares trial of Chiygoz with Stalinist repression
School with children bombed in Syria
Hayser Jemilev denied early release
Ankara: The evidence to arrest Gulen is sufficient
Putin promised Crimeans ‘pipe & different life’ at year-end
NATO Ex-official: Putin feared in vain and annexed Crimea
NATO: Russia funding separatists in Eastern Ukraine
Turkish food entering Ukrainian market
WorldFood Ukraine gathers 125 companies from 13 countries
Ukrainian military to take part in US Marine Corps Marathon
Occupants fined Mejlis member in Crimea
Occupants try to show the scale of terrorism in Crimea
Kiev does not intend to leave demarcation line in Donbas
ATO Digest: Mariupol direction under fire
EU strengthens sanctions against RF with 5 countries
Sebastopol streets are swamp with litter