The European Parliament has awarded its top human rights prize to Sudanese lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman for his work in Sudan’s
Osman was the unanimous choice of the leaders of the parliament’s political groups for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. He talked about the thousands he has seen tortured, and the millions forced to leave their homes: “The victims feel disappointed. They are waiting to hear from you, from the people of Europe. Your leaders have been talking tough about the policies of the Sudanese government in Darfur, but so far we have not seen any concrete steps to address the situation in a strong and targeted manner.” Osman said: ‘Send troops, as money gets lost.’
A combined UN-African Union force has been promised for Darfur in January. Osman said Europe should not allow Khartoum and Chinese investment interests to deflect this.