Martin SCHULZ, EP President meets with Sakharov Prize Representatives:
- Shirin EBADI, Solmaz PANAHI, Karim LAHIDJI, Costa-Gavras and Serge Toubiana
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.
The laureates designated five people to represent them at the ceremony:
Dr Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate in 2003
Mr Karim Lahidji,Founder of the Iranian Association of Jurists and of The League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran
Ms Solmaz Panahi,daughter of Jafar Panahi
Mr Costa-Gavras, President of the Cinémathèque Française
Mr Serge Toubiana,Director General of the CinémathèqueFrançaise.
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||Exterior view of the EP, Strasbourg
||Costa Gavras and delegation entering the meeting room
||Views in the protocol room ahead the meeting ; handshake (5 shots)
||Arrival of Martin Schulz , EP president , handshake
SOUNDBITE (French) Martin Schulz, EP President
"It is a honor for us, and a sad moment at the same time, as we know that the family situation is difficult in this moment . I very grateful to you for being here today, as representatives of the laureates. Unfortunately it is not the first time that the EP must give the Prize within the absence of the laureates. That shows the aim of the prize".
||General view, door closing