Awarded for the first time in 1988 to Nelson Mandela and Anatoli Marchenko, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is the highest tribute paid to human rights work by the European Union.
The European Parliament honours human rights defenders, but is it enough? Can we do more individually, at national and European level?
Human rights defenders face mounting deadly threats and attacks for defending the rights of all of us. At this crucial and challenging moment for defenders, we ask: does the European Union adequately protect human rights defenders? Is the EU’s work visible enough? What can we do to better support human rights defenders?