PES General Secretary Achim Post stated that; “Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi have received this award for the way they have each strived to give a voice to the voiceless in Iran. In their different ways they have shown how important and inspiring it is to act on principles”.
Sotoudeh and Panahi were nominated by the Socialists and Democrats, Liberals and Democrats and Greens/European Free Alliance groups as well as by José Ignacio Salafranca, Elmar Brok and 11 other MEPs.
PES welcomes Sakharov prize for Iranian activists | PES
On 26 October the European Parliament awarded Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and Iranian film director Jafar Panahi, the yearly Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Parliament's most prestigious human rights award.