Fariñas Wins EP Sakharov Prize

HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 21 – Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas was awarded the Sakharov Prize granted every year by the European Parliament to persons or groups whose actions have been relevant in the defense of human rights, the protection of minorities, in favor of international cooperation or the development of democracy, Jerzy Buzek, speaker of this parliament, announced. This year Fariñas went on a long hunger strike to demand the release of sick political prisoners, which concluded when the release of 52 dissidents imprisoned in 2003 was announced, reported IPS.

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