2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to be awarded to GOLOS Association
On 23 October 2012 in Oslo, Norway the Helsinki Committee will present the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to GOLOS Association for its work toward strengthening the political rights of Russian citizens. Executive Director Lilia Shibanova will represent GOLOS at the ceremony.
For 12 years GOLOS Association has been engaged in organizing election observation at the federal, regional, and local levels in Russia. Toward this end, GOLOS has organized monitoring courses for short-term and long-term observers. Over the years, GOLOS has prepared more than 30,000 monitors.
GOLOS is seen as something of a pioneer organization in Russia for its use of new observation technologies, such as:
- Call centers for the collection of information on violations and a legal consultation hotline for observers
- An interactive map of violations on the GOLOS website
Unfortunately today in Russia, especially in the regions, participation of citizens in the electoral process remains low. This is primarily due to a lack of trust in the election results. GOLOS’ work restores the image of elections, combats the indifference of voters, and urges citizens to actively participate in civic life and to exercize their citizenship.
About the prize:
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was established in 1988 by the European Parliament. It is awarded annually for achievements in the following areas:
- Defense of human rights and fundamental freedoms
- Development of democracy and advocacy for the rule of law
- Respect for international law
- Defense of minority rights
The prize was previously awarded to the human rights activists of Memorial, another Russian organization.
For more information please contact Maria Muskevitch of GOLOS Association by telephone at +7 903 984 6944 or +7 495 234 5939, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org