EU human rights laureate calls for change in CubaEU human rights laureate calls for change in Cuba
By RAF CASERT
The Associated Press
Wednesday, December 15, 2010; 11:08 AM
Cuba's dissident Guillermo Farinas walks out of his home in Santa Clara, Cuba, Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010. The European Union parliament has criticized Cuba for not allowing Farinas to travel to the French city of Strasbourg to collect its biggest human rights award and the EU Parliament President Jerzy Buzek announced that he would be represented by an empty chair at the ceremony to award the Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes) (Franklin Reyes - AP)
BRUSSELS -- A Cuban dissident used a video address at Wednesday's award of the EU's main human rights prize to call for the release of political prisoners in his homeland and for the government to end attacks on the opposition.
Guillermo Farinas was not allowed by Cuba to travel to receive the Sakharov human rights prize in Strasbourg, France.