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Venezuelan opposition wins European rights prize

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Thursday awarded the prestigious Sakharov human rights prize to the beleaguered Venezuelan opposition, calling for a "peaceful transition to democracy" in the crisis-hit country.

Thanks, mom, says Guatemala indigenous leader up for rights prize

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan indigenous leader and environmental activist who is among the finalists to receive a prestigious European human rights award says she owes her fighting spirit to her mom.

Yazidi prize winners demand IS leaders face justice

Strasbourg - Two Yazidi women activists pleaded tearfully on Tuesday for Europe to bring Islamic State group leaders to justice for the crime of genocide, as they accepted the EU's Sakharov human rights prize.

Yazidi survivor of IS slavery aims to be 'voice' of her people

Stuttgart - A Yazidi teenager who escaped the Islamic State group after nearly two years of enslavement said Friday the prospect of one day becoming a "voice" for her community saw her through the nightmarish ordeal.

Facts on Iraq's Yazidi minority

Strasbourg - Iraq's Yazidi minority is in the spotlight Thursday after two women from the community won the European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize.

Sakharov Prize a condemnation of IS 'criminal inhumanity': Murad

Washington - Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who survived enslavement by the Islamic State group, welcomed the Sakharov prize for human rights Thursday as a "profound condemnation" of the jihadists' "criminal inhumanity.

Yazidi survivors of IS torture win EU's Sakharov prize

Strasbourg - Two Yazidi women who survived a nightmare ordeal of kidnapping, rape and slavery at the hands of Islamic State jihadists won the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on Thursday.

Saudi blogger Badawi, a fighter for free speech

Dubai - Saudi blogger Raif Badawi -- sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam and winner of the Sakharov prize -- is a known passionate fighter for free speech.

EU shortlists Russia's Nemtsov for rights prize

Brussels - The European Parliament on Thursday shortlisted assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi and the Venezuelan opposition for its Sakharov human rights prize.

Russia's Nemtsov, Saudi's Badawi, listed for EU rights prize

Brussels - Assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a Ukraine military pilot held on murder charges by Moscow and jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi were shortlisted Thursday for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize...

China Dissident Awarded EU Human Rights Prize, Angers Beijing

An EU human rights prize has been awarded to Hu Jia, probably China's best-known dissident. Beijing warned that the move would hurt ties.

Sakharov Prize Awarded to Sudanese Lawyer

Human rights lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman is the winner of this year's Sakharov Prize. Osman works with the Sudan Organization Against Torture (SOAT) and for over two decades provided free legal aid to victims of human rights abuses.
 

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