Imprisoned Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov Awarded Human Rights Prize

Oleg Sentsov - H 2015
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Oleg Sentsov - H 2015

The late U.S. Sen. John McCain was also among the recipients of the Sergei Magnitsky Award.

Imprisoned Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov has been awarded the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Award alongside the late U.S. senator John McCain.

The other recipients of this year's award, named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was killed in prison back in 2009, included British investigative reporter Eliot Higgins, Russian journalist Zoya Svetova and Guatemalan attorneys Victoria Sandoval and Rolando Alvarado.

The Magnitsky Human Rights Award was launched in 2015 to honor individuals for their human rights activities. In 2012, the Magnitsky Act was adopted by U.S. Congress, punishing Russians individuals involved in the death of Magnitsky.

This year's ceremony was held in London on Thursday. Meghan McCain accepted the award on behalf of her late father, who died in August at age 81 of brain cancer.

Last month, Sentsov, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Russia after being accused of plotting acts of terrorism, was also awarded the Sakharov Prize, the European Union's human rights honor. 

Sentsov held a 145-day hunger strike from May to October this year, demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia. He ended the hunger strike last month amid grave health complications.