Marielle Franco nominated for Sakharov

Marielle Franco, a deceased Black human rights activist, is one of four Brazilian activists who were announced as nominees for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize 2019 (EP).

The Sakharov Prize is awarded every year to individuals and organizations that excel in the defense of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

This year, the list of nominees includes four Brazilian activists, including Marielle Franco, who continually denounced human rights violations at the hands of Rio de Janeiro’s police. Franco was gunned down in March 2018 and her assassination remains unsolved.

The Sakharov Prize, worth €50,000, over US$55,000, has been awarded since 1988 by Parliament in honor of Soviet scientist, Andrei Sakharov and past recipients include Nelson Mandela in 1988 and Malala Yufsafzai six years ago.

Sources: EFE, El Pais, Brazil de Fato.

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