Prague, 20 June 2016. This year’s Prize of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience will be awarded to imprisoned opposition leader in Venezuela, Mr Leopoldo López. The Platform member institutions and organisations voted to give the prize to Mr López in recognition of his struggle against totalitarianism, for the ideals of democracy, fundamental human rights and freedoms and the rule of law.
The Prize will be awarded on 28 June 2016 in Viljandi, Estonia during the Platform’s conference “Totalitarianism, Deportation and Emigration.“
Mr Leopoldo López, graduate of Harvard University, is a political prisoner, as recognised by various governments and human rights groups. The former mayor of a district of the capital Caracas and one of the most popular politicians in Venezuela was sentenced to 13 years and 9 months in 2015. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights considers his imprisonment controversial. According to his family, Mr López Mendoza is now being held in solitary confinement.
The Prize will be awarded to Mr López’ family.