(ZENIT News / Managua, 09.22.2023).- Bishop Rolando Álvarez, a political prisoner of the dictatorial regime of the Ortega couple in Nicaragua, has been nominated by the European Parliament for the 2023 Sakharov Prize for Human Rights.
A total of 42 parliamentarians have supported the nomination, which also includes Ms. Vilma Núñez de Escorcia and Mahsa Amini (an Iranian activist who was killed by the police).
The 2022 edition of the Sakharov Prize was awarded to the Ukrainian people for their defense of democracy and territorial integrity.
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, first awarded in 1988 to Nelson Mandela and Anatoli Marchenko, is the highest tribute paid by the European Union to work in the field of human rights. It is an expression of recognition for individuals, groups, and organizations for their extraordinary contribution to the protection of freedom of thought.