BRUSSELS (AP) — Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocates for others have won the European Union’s Sakharov Prize for human rights.
Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the European Parliament’s liberal ALDE group, said Thursday that Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar are “inspirational women who have shown incredible bravery and humanity in the face of despicable brutality. I am proud that they have been awarded the 2016 Sakharov Prize.”
Parliamentarian Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, who backed their nominations, said the prize is “a recognition of Nadia’s and Lamiya’s fight throughout their life. Both have impressively overcome the brutal sexual slavery they were exposed to by jihadist terrorists and become an example for all of us.”