Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize: one week left to submit nominations

The deadline for the submission of nominations for the 2017 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize has been extended. The new deadline has been set at 30 June 2017, instead of the original deadline of 30 April. Prize regulations and the nomination form can be found on the Assembly’s website: http://website-pace.net/en_GB/web/apce/vaclav-havel-human-rights-prize.

The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded annually by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library (Prague) and the Charta 77 Foundation (Prague) for outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.

Any individual, non-governmental organisation or institution working to defend human rights can be nominated for the Prize, which consists of a sum of 60 000€, a trophy and a diploma.

It is awarded in memory of Václav Havel, playwright, opponent of totalitarianism, architect of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. and an enduring symbol of opposition to despotism.

The 2016 award ceremony will take place in Strasbourg on 10 October 2016. More information on hrprize.pace@coe.int; tel +33 3 90 21 45 20.