Mahsa Amini, Elon Musk nominated for EU’s top rights prize
AFP | Brussels
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Mahsa Amini, the Iranian Kurdish woman who died in custody a year ago, and billionaire Elon Musk were among a field of nominations put forward yesterday for the EU’s top rights prize.
The European Parliament’s three biggest political groups each backed Amini as the re-cipient for this year’s Sakharov Prize, making her the frontrunner for the award which will be presented in December.
The legislature’s small far-right bloc was the only one to nominate Musk, the tech titan behind X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, as well as electric car company Tesla and space rocket firm SpaceX.
Other parliamentary groupings put forward activists from Afghanistan, Georgia, Nicaragua, Poland, El Salvador and the United States as their nominations.
Amini died age 22 on September 16, 2022 while being held by Iran’s religious police for allegedly breaching the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women.
Musk was put forward by the Identity and Democracy grouping in the parliament, which counts nationalistic and extreme-right lawmakers among its members.