Edward Snowden Nominated for Prestigious EU Humans Rights Award

Image Credit / MGN Online

Image Credit / MGN Online

Paul Lawrance,
Eyes Open Report.

The European Parliament announced last week that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is one of seven nominees for the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Snowden was nominated on behalf of the Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL parties. [1]

“Edward Snowden has risked his freedom to help us protect ours and he deserves to be honored for shedding light on the systematic infringements of civil liberties by US and European secret services,” says the Greens/EFA in a statement.

“Instead of being given asylum in the EU, he has been abandoned by cowardly European governments. We hope our nomination will receive wide support in the European Parliament and that this can serve as a symbol of rejection of this gross, massive and illegal intrusion into the privacy of citizens worldwide”, the Greens added.

In the past the Sakharov Prize was been awarded to former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, Soviet dissident author Anatoly Marchenko and political activist Oswaldo Payá.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who is responsible for reporting on a large portion of the leaked documents provided by Edward Snowden, highlighted the whistleblower’s nomination in a tweet last Tuesday.

The winner of the award will be chosen next month and will receive a 50,000 euro ($65,000) award.[2]

[1] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20130916IPR20013/html/2013-Sakharov-Prize-for-Freedom-of-Thought-seven-nominations [2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought - seven nominations]

[2] http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57603219/edward-snowden-malala-yousafzai-among-candidates-for-european-unions-top-human-rights-prize/ [Edward Snowden, Malala Yousafzai among candidates for European Union's top human rights prize AP]


Paul Lawrance writes for Eyes Open Report where this first appeared.

23 Responses to Edward Snowden Nominated for Prestigious EU Humans Rights Award

  1. How about the winner will get asylum instead? :P

  2. Even if he were granted asylum in Europe, the CIA have too many cells in operation, and many close connections with various mafia entities, that Snowden’s safety could not be assured!

  3. If he feels he did nothing wrong the come back to the states face the music and be exonerated
    . The mere fact that he ran to enimies of the states tells me he knew what he did was wrong.

  4. Want to hear /see more Ed !!!! Please !!!

  5. He did nothing wrong, it’s the government who consider you doing wrong by exposing the truth.. They have too many things to hide, and the way the are reacting on it. Tells me, they have many more things hiding from us (common folk). We should have more whistle blowers, exposing everything. And 1 day, we (the common folk) will not tolerate this bullshit anymore. I hope i will see that day

  6. Freedom of the press is what the free world stands for Assange and Snowden are providing better journalism with the new technology than the newspapers and other media.Its as simple as that!!!
    When the printing press was invented the church and the royalty did exactly whats happening to A & S because they thought they were losing control of the lies they were feeding the public.
    I thought we had got beyound that in the democracy.What in the hell was WW1 and WW2 and 70 million lost lives for.
    I hope this award helps in allowing him to keep his freedom from prosecution.Well done to the advocates of this award.
    Thankyou for the people power of the internet.

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