Only one week left to submit candidates for the 2017 Václav Havel Prize

The deadline for submission of nominations for the 2017 Václav Havel Prize - which aims to reward outstanding civil society action in defending human rights in Europe and beyond - is 30 April.

Candidates should have made a real difference to the human rights situation of a given group, been instrumental in uncovering systemic violations on a large scale, or have successfully mobilised public opinion or the international community for a given cause.

The Prize, consisting of a sum of €60,000, a trophy and a diploma, is awarded annually by the Parliamentary Assembly, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation. It will be awarded on 9 October in Strasbourg.

Nominations should be sent to the Parliamentary Assembly by e-mail to the following address: hrprize.pace@coe.int, using the form available on the Prize website. They should be signed by at least five sponsors and submitted in either English or French.

The Prize has been awarded, in chronological order, to Ales Bialiatski (Belarus), Anar Mammadli (Azerbaijan), Ludmilla Alexeeva. (Russian Federation) and Nadia Murad (Iraq).