Václav Havel Human Rights Prize: three nominees to be shortlisted in Prague

The Selection Panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, chaired by Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and comprising six independent figures (*) known for their expertise in the field of human rights, will meet on 30 August in Prague to determine a shortlist of three nominees from among the candidatures received.

This shortlist – three individuals or organisations judged to have undertaken “outstanding” civil society action in defence of human rights in Europe and beyond – is to be announced on the same day at a press conference at the Václav Havel Library in Prague.

The nominees will be invited to attend a ceremony in Strasbourg at the opening of the Parliamentary Assembly’s autumn plenary session on 10 October, when the 2016 prizewinner is due to be announced.

The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, created in 2013, is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, and is worth 60 000 euros. The 2015 Prize went to Russian human rights defender Ludmilla Alexeeva.
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PACE President Pedro Agramunt, together with Martin Palouš, member of the Václav Havel Library Board, and František Janouch, Chairman of the Board of the Charta 77 Foundation, will give a press conference after the meeting on 30 August, at 1 pm, at the Václav Havel Library (Ostrovní 13, Prague).

Contacts:
PACE Communication Division: +33 3 88 41 31 93
Václav Havel Library: Veronika Brázdilová: +420 222 220 112
Charta 77 Foundation: Julie Ruzickova: +420 702 001 962

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(*) František Janouch, Chairman of the Board of the Charta 77 Foundation; Dick Marty, former member of the Swiss Senate and former PACE member; Nuala Mole, senior lawyer and founder of the AIRE Centre; Marek Antoni Nowicki, human rights lawyer and President of the UN Human Rights Advisory Panel in Kosovo; Martin Palouš, board member of the Václav Havel Library and former Czech Ambassador; Christos Pourgourides, former Member of the Cypriot House of Representatives and former PACE member