BRUSSELS – The European Parliament has awarded the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Belarus’ democratic opposition movement.
President of the European Parliament David Sassoli recognized the role of the many women in the opposition and praised the democratic opposition for its braveness as the embodiment of the defense of freedom of thought the Sakharov prize represents.
The other two nominees shortlisted were Syriac Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul Mar Najeeb Michaeel Moussa and the Guapinol activists and Berta Caceres in Honduras.
With respect to all three nominees EP President Sassoli said;
“The perpetrators of crimes must be brought to justice, in Belarus, in Iraq, in Honduras and in any other place around the world. No one can be persecuted for having expressed his or her own opinion. This is the message we send today from the European Parliament.”
Interview with Najeeb Michaeel Moussa. He is a Chaldean Catholic priest, archivist and scholar. In 2018 he was made Archbishop of Mosul, Iraq. Michaeel is well known for his efforts to aid the evacuation of Christians, Syrians and Chaldeans when Daesh captured Mosul in 2014.
He was of great assistance to the displaced people of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain during the Daesh persecutions.
The archbishop is also famous for saving a trove of ancient manuscripts, including documents belonging to the Eastern Church, which form part of the spiritual and cultural heritage of humanity.