To mark the occasion of the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, we organised a debate at Glasgow University in partnership with the Glasgow Human Rights Network. The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.
Students on the MSc Human Rights & International Politics course at Glasgow University had prepared short presentations setting out the case for each nominee. The subsequent vote by the members of the audience favoured the three whistle-blowers: Edward Snowden, Antoine Deltour and Stéphanie Gibaud. The results of the vote, as well as the actual vote by MEPs, were discussed, which contributed to a very engaging and positive event. Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger, is the laureate of this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.