EuroMaidan nominated for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
EuroMaidan – the Ukrainian movement that led to the overthrow of the regime of Viktor Yanukovich – is among the seven nominees for the European Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, who made this nomination together with 52 other MEPs representing various political groups within the EP, presented the candidate on Tuesday (23/09) in a joint meeting of the Committee on Development, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Human Rights saying:
“We want to honour this movement for its members’ civil courage to challenge the authoritarian and brutal regime in Ukraine. Those people were ready to pay the highest price – their life – for our European values and for their European choice. Granting the Sakharov Prize to Euromaidan would obviously be a direct continuation of Sakharov’s struggle for universal human values. Sakharov himself defended human rights in the Soviet Union (…) Sakharov fought against the Soviet Union which treated the West as an evil organisation. Euromaidan did the same some years later.
Sakharov’s heritage is even more visible when confronted with the moral message of EuroMaidan. EuroMaidan is in fact part of his thought, testament and heritage.
The Sakharov Prize is about the message we, the European Parliament, want to send Europe and the world. (…) For the first time in history, to such a great extend, people died under the European flag and for European values. Granting the Sakharov Prize to EuroMaidan would be a reminder for European citizens, for ourselves, how valuable freedom and democracy are, and that they have to be defended even at the highest price.
EuroMaidan is the symbol of a multicultural, multireligious, multinational movement, united in standing for rights and democracy in a peaceful protest. Granting the Sakharov Prize to EuroMaidan would empower Ukrainians, facing their lonely struggle in these difficult moments, still fighting for democracy and freedom. If Andrei Sakharov himself walked into this room, I am sure he would have supported Euromaidan’s nomination.
Granting The Sakharov Prize to EuroMaidan would commemorate the life project of Sakharov himself.’