#FactOfTheDay 26/10/18 –  Ukrainian opponent Oleg Sentsov receives the Sakharov Prize

#FactOfTheDay 26/10/18 – Ukrainian opponent Oleg Sentsov receives the Sakharov Prize

On October 25, the European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize, which rewards individuals or organisations that have made a strong commitment to the fight for human rights, to filmmaker Oleg Sentsov for his work in Ukraine.

Oleg Sentsov’s commitment to denounce Russia’s annexation of Crimea has led to violent repression by Russia. He was arrested in 2014 and sentenced to 20 years in prison for « terrorist acts » after an alleged fire in the premises of a pro-Russian organisation. In May 2018, he began a hunger strike for the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners arrested by Russia. His conditions of detention and arbitrary arrest by the Russian government have earned him the support of many states and human rights organizations.

Vladimir Putin denounces a political decision by the European Parliament, which clearly shows the EU commitment to human rights in Ukraine and his opposition to Putin on the Ukrainian issue.

Source :

RTBF : https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_l-ukrainien-oleg-sentsov-opposant-russe-obtient-le-prix-sakharov?id=10056054

RTBF : https://www.rtbf.be/info/medias/detail_prix-sakharov-a-sentsov-moscou-denonce-une-decision-totalement-politisee?id=10056526

Cécile Wlodarczak

Après une licence en Science Politique de l'Université de Montréal, je termine actuellement un Master en Relations Internationales, Orientation Sécurité Paix et Conflits à l'Université Libre de Bruxelles. Me passionnant pour les relations internationales, et tout particulièrement la question des droits et libertés fondamentales, j'ai par la prise en charge à EU Logos du Portefeuille «Droits fondamentaux et États de Droit» l'opportunité d'analyser en Europe ces problématiques stimulantes.

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