Dalai Lama nominated for EU's human rights award

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 06, 2008 18:45 hrs

Brussels: The Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader living in exile in India, has been nominated along with seven others for the European parliament's Sakharov Award for freedom of thought and human rights this year.

Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian presidential candidate and political prisoner, is among the eight whose names have been submitted by members of the EU parliament, according to EuAsiaNews.

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The prestigious prize, named after Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, was established in 1988 by the EU parliament to honour individuals or organisations who dedicate their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom.

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