A group of MEPs this Thursday made the nomination of former President Jeanine Áñez official for the Sakharov Prize, a recognition that the European Parliament awards each year to prominent figures for their defense of freedom of conscience.
The European legislator Hermann Tertsch (VOX) promoted the efforts to get the nomination, reported the newspaper Página Siete.
“This motion is a success that puts the Luis Arce regime in the spotlight and brings the inhumane treatment of Jeanine Añez, who made a smooth transition but was illegally detained and imprisoned, before the eyes of the international community. We hope that Jenine Añez will be named, ”said Tertsch.
In March, the winners of this recognition – Berta Soler Fernández, Representative of the Women in White of Cuba, and Guillermo Fariñas Hernández, General Coordinator of the United Anti-Totalitarian Forum (Fantu) – nominated the ex-president because she took over the presidency of Bolivia in a criticism of the situation and avoided it a possible civil war, it was said at the time.
The MEP pointed out that the official appointment of the former Bolivian authority was a reaction to the Arce government as it ignored the European Parliament resolution from last April calling for the former president and political prisoners to be released, including to Ensure an impartial judiciary so that due process is followed.
“This is Democratic Europe’s answer to the abuse of the Arce government. The SR group will do everything possible to get the support of other groups so that Añez can be recognized. There is no doubt that recent events, such as her deteriorating health as a result of her political imprisonment, will have an impact, ”the legislature said.
The nomination agrees because the MPs are of the opinion that Añez has carried out an interim administration that guarantees transparent elections in Bolivia.
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is the European Union’s highest award for work in the field of human rights. The award was first presented to former South African President Nelson Mandela in 1988.