Edition: Global  
One News Page
“Probably the fastest-access news portal in the world”
> >

Venezuela's democratic opposition given EU's human rights award

Duration: 01:37s - Published: < > Embed
News video: Venezuela's democratic opposition given EU's human rights awardAndrei SakharovAndrei SakharovNelson MandelaNelson Mandela

Venezuela’s democratic opposition was awarded the European Union’s human rights award on Thursday and the European Parliament called for a peaceful transition to democracy in the troubled country.

The prize, named after Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, was awarded to the country’s national assembly and all political prisoners, parliament said.

Oil-rich Venezuela is suffering from a harsh economic crisis and President Nicolas Maduro’s government has clamped down on the opposition, jailing or otherwise barring from office many dissenting leaders and activists.

“Today we are supporting a nation’s freedom struggle,” European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said.

“We also want to launch an appeal for a peaceful transition towards democracy and an opening of a humanitarian corridor to ease the suffering,” he added.

Previous winners of the prize, first awarded in 1988, include Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and South African President Nelson Mandela..

0
shares
Share on
Facebook
Share on
Twitter
Post on 
Reddit
Share by
Email
 

You Might Like

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2017 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter   FIND us on Google+