Dalai Lama nominated for EU’s human rights award

September 6th, 2008 - 11:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Sep 6 (IANS) The Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader living in exile in India, has been nominated along with seven others for the European parliament’s Sakharov Award for freedom of thought and human rights this year. Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian presidential candidate and political prisoner, is among the eight whose names have been submitted by members of the EU parliament, according to EuAsiaNews.

The prestigious prize named after Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov was established in 1988 by the EU parliament to honour individuals or organisations who dedicate their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom.

The nominations will be officially presented to a joint meeting of the EU parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee, Development Committee and Human Rights Sub-Committee Tuesday.

They will shortlist three nominees and the winner will be chosen in mid-October and the award will be given Dec 17.

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