European Union’s ECR nominates Asia Bibi for Sakharov Award

BRUSSELS:  European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group has nominated Asia Bibi for Sakharov Award,   a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death in 2010 under the country’s blasphemy law.

The European Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committee will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday to shortlist three candidates for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

The prize awarded every year by the EP  was set up in 1988 to honour individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Three members of the EP (MEP)  Peter Van Dalen, Anna Fotyga, and Tomasz Poreba  have long campaigned for the release of Bibi, whose appeal to the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has been postponed to an undetermined date.

“Pakistan really must understand the message being sent by the EU,” he stated, adding that “her case and surrounding issues must be properly managed and addressed”.