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Cuba's Ladies in White collect Sakharov Prize

24 April 2013 Last updated at 04:41 BST

Members of the Cuban opposition group Ladies in White have collected the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in Brussels for their campaign to free 75 jailed dissidents.

They were awarded the prize by the European Parliament in 2005, but Cuba barred them from leaving the communist-run island to collect it.

The abolition of exit permits by the Cuban government in January made it possible for the women to travel. Sarah Rainsford reports.