What do the following people have in common: a civil society activist from Belarus, the director of a centre offering legal assistance to victims of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, three Rwandan opposition representatives, a Russian feminist punk-rock group, an Iranian lawyer and an Iranian film director? They are all nominees for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The list will be officially presented on Tuesday 25 September from 3pm to 4.30pm. Watch it live!
About the prize
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded annually by the European Parliament since 1988 to individuals or organisations that have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy. It is named in honour of the Russian physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov. Last year it was awarded to the Arab Spring activists.
This year's nominees
The list of nominations for this year's prize will be presented at a joint meeting of the parliamentary committees for foreign affairs, development and human rights on 25 September. The nominees are:
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