Edward Snowden nominated for EU human rights award
Euractiv: “Edward Snowden was nominated by the Greens and GUE/NGL leftist groups in the European Parliament to receive the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, an idea that was first floated by a Swedish professor in August this year.
The Greens/European Free Alliance (EFA) and the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) groups in the European Parliament have decided to nominate American whistleblower Edward Snowden for the human rights “Sakharov Prize” awarded annually by the Strasbourg-based EU assembly.
To enter the official candidate list, nominees for the prize need to be backed by at least 40 MEPs or by one political group. The Parliament’s conference of presidents will decide on the 2013 winner in October.
Last May, 30-year old Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the US National Security Agency (NSA), leaked details to the Guardian newspaper about the US government’s mass surveillance programs of Europe’s internet servers, institutions and companies, prompting angry reactions across the European Union’s member states.
Forced to flee the United States after his revelations, Snowden could not find shelter in Europe, where all countries refused to grant him asylum status. After weeks spent at Moscow’s airport, Snowden finally received temporary asylum in Russia, and his exact location is kept secret for security reasons.
“Edward Snowden has risked his freedom to help us protect ours and he deserves to be honoured 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.
The Greens/EFA and the GUE/NGL Group’s suggestion of granting Snowden the prestigious European human rights award was already put forward at the end of August by Swedish Sociology professor, Stefan Svallfors…”
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