Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2017: three nominees to be shortlisted in Prague

The Selection Panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize will meet on 29 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” action in defence of human rights – 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 autumn plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on 9 October, when the 2017 prizewinner is due to be announced.

The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, created in 2013, is awarded each year by the PACE, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, and the support of the Czech Government. The Prize consists of a sum of €60 000, a trophy and a diploma. The 2016 Prize went to Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad.

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A press conference will be given after the meeting on 29 August, at 1.30 pm, at the Václav Havel Library (Ostrovní 13, Prague).

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