The European Chamber awards the 2023 Sakharov Prize to the Iranian Mahsa Amini and the "Women, Life and Freedom" movement

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The President of the European Parliament has highlighted that the "brutal murder" of Mahsa Amini has activated a historic movement led by women. Amini died in police custody in 2022 after being detained by the Iranian morality police for not wearing the veil "correctly."

The European Parliament announced this Thursday the delivery of the Sakharov Prize 2023award for Freedom of Conscience that the institution presents every year in recognition of the fight for Human Rights, to the Iranian Mahsa Amini and to the movement "Woman, Life and Freedom" emerged after her death.

"The brutal murder of Mahsa Amini It has become a crucial moment. Has activated a movement led by women that is being historical. "The world has heard the cry of 'Women, Life and Freedom', which has become a motto for those who defend equality, dignity and freedom in Iran," said the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola.

Following lengthy applause from MEPs, Metsola called for the award to serve "as a tribute to the brave and defiant women, men and young people in Iran who, despite increasing pressure, are leading the push for change." "The European Parliament listens to you, the world sees you and we are with you," stressed the president of the European Parliament.

Aminiwho died a little over a year ago in police custody after being detained by the so-called Iranian morality police for not wearing the Islamic veil, had been nominated by the three main groups in the European Parliament (popular, social democrats and liberals). and she was a clear favorite to win the award posthumously along with the movement that emerged after her death.

Representatives of the movement will collect the award at a delivery ceremony which will be held during the December plenary session in Strasbourg (France).

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