The 2010 Sakharov prize, awarded by the European Parliament for an outstanding contribution to the cause of Human Rights, has gone to Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas.
It is the third time in 10 years that the prize has gone to an opponent of the Communist regime that rules Cuba.
Farinas, 48, was decorated for bravery as a soldier in Angola, but first went to jail in 1995 after exposing corrupt hospital practices in Cuba. He has staged 23 hunger strikes in protest against the government, and heads the illegal online Cubanacan Press agency. He is also a member of the underground Cuban Democratic Alliance.