Exhibition celebrates 30 years of the Sakharov Prize

The exhibition ‘Jiddefendu l-Libertajiet Tagħna’ (‘They Defend Our Freedoms’) was recently launched to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Deputy Speaker Claudette Buttigieg inaugurated the exhibition.

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, commonly known as the Sakharov Prize, honours individuals and groups of people who have dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought. Named after Russian scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, the prize was established in December 1988 by the European Parliament.

This photographic exhibition recognises the work of leading figures in favour of human rights in Ethiopia, Tunisia, Cambodia and refugees living in the Balkan War in 1992.

The nominees for the Sakharov Prize for this year are:

  • A number of non-governmental organisations which protect have saved many migrants from death in Mediterranean waters;
  • Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer, from Crimea who was arrested following the Russian annexation of Crimea;
  • Zefzafi Nasser, a Moroccan political activist, leader of the protest movement in the Rif and the city of Al Hoceima, commonly known as Hirak Rif.

The public is invited to visit this exhibition at the entrance of Parliament in Valletta until Monday 26th November 2018 between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm afternoon during weekdays, and between 9.00 am and noon on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.