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EU rights prize for Cuban dissident Farinas

EU rights prize for Cuban dissident Farinas

The European Parliament has awarded its annual human rights prize to Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas.
The 48-year-old psychologist and freelance journalist spent three weeks in the hospital this year after a 134-day hunger strike to force the government to release opposition leaders jailed in 2003. He had been jailed numerous times previously for activism in opposition to Cuba's single-party communist government.
The parliament said Thursday it will invite Farinas to come to Strasbourg on Dec. 15 to collect the assembly's 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Previous winners of the Sakharov Prize include Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader, and former South African President Nelson Mandela.


Updated : 2021-10-18 11:57 GMT+08:00