Award of the 2005 Sakharov Prize to the Damas de Blanco:
- extracts from the ceremony in the presence of Martin SCHULZ, EP President
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 23/04/2013 First transmission: 23/04/2013
Eight years after being named as winner, the Cuban Ladies in White are finally set to receive their 2005 Sakharov Prize in person from EP president Martin Schulz. The Ladies, the courageous mothers and wives of Cuban political prisoners, have only now been authorised by Havana to travel to Europe to collect their prize, that was handed over by Mr Schulz during a special meeting today.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Till-down with poster of the event.
||EP President Martin SCHULZ meeting with the representatives of the Ladies in White: Berta de los Ángeles Soler Fernández - President, Belkis Cantillo Ramírez and Laura María Labrada Pollán, as well as by Blanca Reyes Castañon and Elena Larrinaga, of the "Asociación Damas de Blanco" in Spain. Greetings and round table (6 shots).
||Walking shot, arrival to the hall where the ceremony takes place, applause from the MEP (6 shots).
||SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "I feel particularly honoured to extend a warm welcome to our distinguished guests from Cuba to the European Parliament. The Ladies in White - Damas de Blanco - are the Laureates of the Sakharov Prize 2005. On behalf of everybody in the room and everybody who is not here, I would like to welcome you most warmly in this very special day for the EP. It is a very emotional day for us, as European Parliament, as it is for you" Applause.
||SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "Despite the improvement of the situation brought about by such reforms Cuba remains the only country in Latin America that still represses all forms of political dissent. The economic reforms and political reforms did not go hand in hand."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "You have travelled a long road to be here today to Brussels. Rest assured that we are travelling down this road together with you. It is an enormous pleasure, with some delay, to award you the Sakharov Prize 2005". Applause.
||Award of the Prize (7 shots).
||Family photo (2 shots).
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Berta de los Ángeles Soler Fernández, President of 'Damas de Blanco', asks for a minute of silence in memory of Laura Pollán Toledo, the initiator of the movement, and Osvaldo Paya Sardinas, winner of Sakharov Prize 2002: "They were fighters for freedom and sacrificed their lives for democracy. I ask you for a minute of silence." (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Laura María Labrada Pollán, daughter of Laura Pollán Toledo and member of Ladies in White: "We are mothers, wives, daughter, sister of those who are in prison simply because they are human beings speaking out and acting in accordance with their consciousness. But first and foremost we are women human rights activists, engaged in a fight for the future of Cuba, a future that is better than the one that is set up by our government".
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Laura María Labrada Pollán, daughter of Laura Pollán Toledo and member of Ladies in White: "We believe ourselves in what we are doing and we count on you to support what we are doing. Cuba will be free and democratic. To Laura Pollán, we would like to dedicate this Prize: freedom for the people of Cuba!". Applause.
||Cutaways during the ceremony (7 shots)