The European Parliament says members of Cuban opposition group Ladies in White will finally pick up the EU's top human rights prize from 2005 in person, next week in Belgium.

Cuba had denied the Ladies permission to travel receive the Sakharov award ever since they were honored eight years ago for their protests demanding the release of 75 loved ones jailed in a crackdown on dissidents. All 75 have since been released.

In January, Cuba ended the exit visa that had been required of all Cubans for decades.

Since then a number of dissidents have traveled, including blogger Yoani Sanchez, who has been on a tour of at least a dozen nations since February.

An EU statement Wednesday said Ladies members will be at an April 23 ceremony in Brussels.