Nominations have opened for the 2017 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.
The Parliamentary Assembly, in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, will award the trophy, worth €60,000, to a candidate to recognise “outstanding civil society action in defending human rights in Europe and beyond.”
Parliamentary Assembly President Pedro Agramunt said: “The protection of human rights is an eternal combat, in which human rights defenders will always strive to advance despite hardship and obstacles in their path. Their daily efforts and commitment to the common good deserve respect and recognition.”
The prize, created in 2013, will be awarded on 9 October in Strasbourg. Last year, human rights activist (photo) Nadia Murad (Iraq), who brought the plight of the Yazidi community to international attention, scooped the honour.
Ales Bialiatski (Belarus), Anar Mammadli (Azerbaijan), Ludmilla Alexeeva. (Russian Federation) are previous winners of the award.