EP Sakharov Prize:
- extracts from the exchange of views with 2011 Sakharov Prize laureates, Ali Farzat, Asma Mahfouz, Ahmed al-Sanusi on the political situation in their countries
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 10/10/2012 First transmission: 10/10/2012
Statement by Ali FARZAT, Syrian political cartoonist
EP Committee on Foreign Affairs
Jointly with the Subcommittee on Human Rights and in association with the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries
The Sakharov Prize is intended to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression. Like Andrei Sakharov himself, all the winners of the prize have shown how much courage it takes to defend human rights and freedom of expression.
Arab Spring laureates from last year will be honoured at an event the following day, hosted by EP President Schulz. Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat will finally be able to receive his award in person.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the EP, Brussels
||Arrival of Ali Farzat, Asma Mahfouz and Ahmed al-Sanusi, the 2011 Sakharov Prize laureates,
||SOUNDBITE (English) Elmar BROK , Chairman AFET (EPP, DE) welcoming the laureates :
"Last year the Sakharov Prize was awarded to you because you contributed to historic changes in your countries, was a way for the Parliament to show solidarity to your people in the fight for democracy and freedom falling to the democratic transitions into Tunisia, Egypt and Libya."
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ali FARZAT,
"I was appreciated in my struggle for freedom and I am very proud to have received this and I hope that this light to be independent will represent a present and future and that it represents appreciation for all of those who have been fighting for their freedom because this is a secrete struggle, a vital struggle, this struggle for freedom."
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Asma MAHFOUZ
"When we received the Sakharov Prize, I said that we would turn into a new page in relations between the Arab world and the European Union. Regretably this has not really happened. It would seem that only the European Parliament seems to be defending liberty and freedom in the Arab world but they are not heard as much as they should be. In particular I would like to talk about the situation in Egypt. I want to talk about the Egyptians who voted for the Muslim brothers, the people of Europe are not ignorant people who blindly swallow up religious slogans of the lag. What happened was that we were colonized, we were colonized by the United States and Israel. After the revolution we thought we would live in a free country we voted for the Muslims brothers because we thought they would free us from enemies we never thought they would forge alliances with those enemies."
||SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ahmed al-SANUSI,
After the revolution, as a result of the insuining anarchy, human rights have been violated in Libya because there is no Libyan power that could prevent these violations taken place and of course we condemn such bridges of human rights, however over time we have come to realize that all of these is ultimaly humiliating it turns us into savages barbarians incapable of organising their own country.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Ali FARZAT,
"We want to help it overcome its difficulties so as to be able to enjoy the benefits of democracy we want to see an end to the killing machines we want to see artists and ally what we want is a safer life for our children and to ensure that our people can eat, I mean have you heard the stories about children paring knifes people from Hezbollah come from Iran and they say without any discussion its is their war. Russia is buying and selling and it is using its Veto we know it is a mafia that rules in Russia and as for the UN it was set up on a basis on humanitarian principles eligibly but now today it seems to have lost size of this, its played for time it allows regimes kill and violates".
||Cutaways (Two shots)