Far-right MEPs nominate Afrikaner militants for prestigious Sakharov Prize

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Members of the European Parliament’s ENF group, a pan-European alliance of parliamentarians from far- and hard-right parties, and mostly made up of France’s Rassemblement National, have nominated a South African organisation championing the landowning interests of the country’s white Afrikaner farmers for the assembly’s prestigious yearly Sakharov Prize, Mediapart can reveal. The move follows increasing lobbying for the Afrikaner activists by far-right groups and commentators who claim the existence of a “white genocide” in South Africa. Mediapart Brussels correspondent Ludovic Lamant reports.

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AfriForum, a South African organisation championing the country’s white Afrikaner minority community, and notably white farmers, has been proposed as a candidate for the European Parliament’s prestigious yearly Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by members of the assembly’s Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group, a pan-European alliance of parliamentarians from far- and hard-right parties, mostly made up of France’s Rassemblement National (the former Front National).