Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas wins Sakharov human rights prize

Guillermo Farinas, the Cuban dissident who held a 135-day hunger strike earlier this year, has been awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov human rights prize.The 48-year-old journalist and psychologist has often used hunger strikes, putting his own health at risk, as a means of protest to achieve greater freedoms in the Communist island of Cuba.Mr Farinas is the third Cuban to receive the prize, after Oswaldo Paya in 2002 and the “Ladies in White” group of women whose husbands are jailed in Cuba, which received the award in 2005 Jerzy Buzek, the European parliament president, will officially announce Farinas as the winner of the Sakharov Prize later Thursday. The award will be presented to the winner on December 15.The 22nd Sakharov Prize, named after late Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, comes with a cash award of 50,000 euros (£44,000).Source ( Ethiopia forums)


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