Award of the Sakharov Prize to Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi: - extracts from the ceremony

Type: News   Reference: 89787   Duration: 00:06:27  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 12/12/2012   First transmission: 12/12/2012
By awarding the Sakharov Prize to two Iranian activists, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi, the European Parliament acknowledges their plight and their outstanding efforts in their incessant struggle for human dignity, fundamental freedoms and political change in Iran, said President Martin Schulz at the Sakharov Prize award ceremony on Wednesday in Strasbourg. The laureates were not able to attend the ceremony in person because they are not allowed to leave Iran. more at:

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 Arrival in to the hemicycle (3 shots) 00:00:13
00:00:23 SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ , EP President: "The Sakharov Prize2012 is the way the European Parliament is honoring the extraordinary efforts undertaken by Mrs Nasrin Sotoudeh and Mr Jafar Panahi in their struggle for human dignity, their basic rights and for political change in Iran . 00:00:25
00:00:48 Applause 00:00:02
00:00:50 SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ , EP President: "The situation in Iran is critical. The rout of the problems suffered by this proud people is a fanatical system of justice and regime. There is no accountability in this country. Every day people are imprisoned for saying their opinion, political activists film makers, directors, artist. We, representatives of the European people, consider this is unfair. The Iranian regime should know that this institution stands on the side of those who are repressed by this regime , and that is why we are honoring these two fighters for human rights in Iran, because they have stand against these institutions, and against this unfair system, and that is the stand taken by the EP". 00:01:14
00:02:04 SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ , EP President: Mr Panahi never choose the easy routes. He has always portrayed the Iranian society with humor , with controversy and with entertainments . he has always chosen the path of defending freedom of expression.. For that reason Mr Mr Panai has suffered severely. 00:00:32
00:02:36 SOUNDBITE (Farsi ), Shirin EBADI, Lawyer and Human Rights Defender Nobel Peace Prize© 2003 delivering the message of Mrs Sotoudeh: "In Middle East regime in the last few years , how many revolutions have been happening in the Middle East regimes? Which of these revolutions in the Arab spring have failed to pay any attention to the issue of Human rights? … While the most important demand of these revolutions from Libya, to Egypt, from Jordan to Saudi and Bahrain, and Syria - which is the most disastrous and tragic one - has been freedom of expression , freedom of press, independence of the judiciary, release the political prisoners, and putting an end to murders…" 00:00:47
00:03:23 SOUNDBITE (English) Costa-GAVRAS, filmmaker., delivering the message on the name of Jafar Panahi: "Right now we have the spectrum of war. It is hunting the world to an extend we have never seen before. War powers have become more intolerant every day, and almost appear to have a cautious determination to spread ugliest and intolerance and than war will pave the way for this. Perhaps Andrei Sakharov imagined a scene like my unreal vision when he decided to oppose war upon awareness to the destruction potential of the hydrogen bomb. We must keep remind that a small war can lead to many and bigger wars in the future". 00:00:53
00:04:16 Award giving ceremony, applause 00:00:23
00:04:39 SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ , EP President: "Ladies and Gentleman I would now like to present the certificates on the two vacant seats in front of me. Unfortunately the prize winners can not be here in person, but I would like to thank Mrs Ebady , Mr Grava and thank you both for your wonderful speeches. Thank you also for the messages you have conveyed on behalf of our prize winners. You can see the two vacant seats before me. I will now present the certificates on those seats . This is how we are presenting the awards in absence of the winners '. 00:00:56
00:05:35 Martin SCHULZ , EP President putting the certificates on the chairs European anthem 00:00:52
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