8 years later, Ladies in White pick up Sakharov Prize

After waiting eight years, Cuba’s courageous Ladies in White finally pick up their Sakharov Prize.

Via the AP in ABC News:

Cuba’s ‘Ladies’ to Pick up EU Prize 8 Years Later

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Members of Cuba’s Ladies in White opposition group will finally pick up Europe’s top human rights prize from 2005 in person next week in Belgium, the European Union and the daughter of the group’s former leader said Wednesday.

In a statement, the EU said several representatives of the Ladies will be awarded the Sakharov Prize in an April 23 ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels.

“It will be an honor to go in representation of the Ladies in White and above all my mother, Laura Pollan,” said Laura Labrada. Pollan, the group’s co-founder and most prominent leader at the time, died in October 2011.

Labrada said she and Belkis Cantillo would leave Sunday and later meet up with Berta Soler, another co-founder of the Ladies, and Blankita Reyes.

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