Award of the Sakharov Prize 2011
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 14/12/2011 First transmission: 14/12/2011
- extract for the ceremony
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (1 shot)
||Arrival of European Parliament President Jerzy BUZEK enters the chamber in the presence of two Sakharov Prize laureats: Asmaa MAHFOUZ (Egypt) and Ahmed EL SENUSSI (Libya), (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), European Parliament President: "I am honoured to award the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought in 2011 to five courageous women and men who represent the Arab Spring. "
(OFF: The President saying the names of the Prize Laureats: Ms Asmaa Mahfouz (Egypt), Mr Ahmed El-Senussi (Libya), Ms Razan Zaitouneh (Syria), Mr Ali Ferzat (Syria), and the late Mr Mohamed Bouazizi (Tunisia) who passed away.)
||SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), European Parliament President: "In order to honour and remember Mr Bouazizi and all those who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom and dignity in the Arab World, I would like to ask all of you to stand and observe a minute of silence."
||Minute of silence, (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), European Parliament President: "Asmaa Mahfouz who mobilized Egyptians to go out to Tahrir Square and demand their rights. She is a shining example and a symbol of how an individual can make a difference, leading by inspiration and by the strongest possible conviction of human rights, despite the risks and intimidation by the authorities."
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Asmaa MAHFOUZ, (Egypt): "This is a price that goes out to all young Egyptians, people that have sacrificed their lives, they have been more courageous then I have. They have sacrificed theirs lives in the name of liberty for everybody. "
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Asmaa MAHFOUZ, (Egypt): "Each time there is an infringement or an attack on a Human live we need speedy intervention, we shouldn't be waiting any longer. People were killed why we waited so long before we took action. One is enough to see that there had been violation Human Rights and this finally led to the Arab world taking up a place of priority in the whole world. And what I would like to do is on how proud how I am for all the martyrs of the Arab revolution, we will not betray them, we continue the road that they have enter into to. And we want to make sure that this dream is fulfilled. Thank you very much. "
||Applause, the chamber stands up, (8 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), European Parliament President: "Sakharov laureate Razan Zaitouneh is forced to live in hiding. But she continues to denounce on her blog human rights violations committed by the Syrian forces. We commend her exceptional courage."
||applause, (1 shot)
||SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), European Parliament President: "Having spent 31 years in prison. Mr El-Senussi is now working with the National Transitional Council and is in charge of the political prisoners. My wish to him is that the suffering he had to endure will be rewarded by national reconciliation in Libya. "
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Ahmed EL SENUSSI (Libya): "It was these years of years of dictatorship which eventually led young people to lay down their lives to shed their blood even though they had no weapons, the only weapon they that they had was the commitment, the conviction and that's what won out in the end thanks to the support from the International community and this European Parliament. "
||applause, (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), European Parliament President: (Award speech on Mr Farzat, from Syria)
Through his creativity and courage his cartoons have pushed the boundaries of freedom of expression in Syria and the entire Arab world.
||VIDEO MESSAGE: SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Ali FERZAT (Syria): "Although I'm suffering and I am seeing all these terrible things happening in Syria, with every minute that passes the number of victims increases and that makes me extremely bitter and very sad, so my thoughts go out to the victims. "
||Ceremony of giving the award to Ms MAHFOUZ and Mr EL SENUSSI, (7 shots)