Hannah Neumann, a member of the European Parliament, stated that three education activists from Afghanistan have been nominated for the “Sakharov Prize” of the European Parliament.
Neumann wrote today on her “X” page that Matiullah Wesa, Marzia Amiri, and Parasto Hakim, three activists in the field of education from Afghanistan, have been nominated for the Sakharov Prize in 2023.
This member of the European Parliament added that these three organize secret schools, travel to remote areas, and organize distance education.
“me and more than 50 other MEPs decided to nominate three of them for the 2023 Sakharov Prize”, she wrote.
According to Hannah Neumann, many Afghan education activists are currently resisting the Taliban’s attacks on education.
“Matiullah Wesa who organised school activities in remote regions of #Afghanistan for many years, is now held in Taliban prison for 5 months for the „crime“ of advocating for children’s education,” she added.
This is despite the fact that Matiullah Wesa has been detained by the Taliban for several months.
It should be remarked that the “Sakharov Prize” was established in 1988 to recognize individuals and organizations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.