Václav Havel Human Rights Prize
The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize has been awarded since 2013 and is presented annually to individuals or institutions for an exceptional contribution to the defense of human rights. The award is named after the dissident and Czechoslovak and Czech President Václav Havel and is endowed with 60,000 euros. Half of this is provided by the Council of Europe and the other half by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize replaced the previous European Human Rights Prize of the Council of Europe and the Human Rights Prize of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
At the end of 2012, a contract for the introduction of the award was signed with representatives of the Václav Havel Library, the Czech Charter 77 Foundation and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in the Czernin Palace in Prague .
The selection committee for the award consists of the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (or a person nominated by him) and six independent persons (who are not currently members of the Assembly) with recognized moral standards in the field of human rights. The panel will review the nominations, submit a list of three nominees for information to the Presidium of the Parliamentary Assembly and then name the winner for the year in question.
Three committee members are appointed by the Presidium of the Parliamentary Assembly and three bodies of the Václav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation. The six independent experts are appointed for a period of two years, which can be renewed twice.
- 2013: Ales Bjaljazki , Belarus
- 2014: Anar Məmmədli , Azerbaijan
- 2015: Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alexejewa , Russia
- 2016: Nadia Murad , Iraq
- 2017: Murat Arslan , Turkey
- 2018: Ojub Titijew , Russia (Chechnya)
- 2019: Ilham Tohti , China and YIHR (Youth Initiative for Human Rights in the Balkans)
- 2020: Loujain al-Hathloul , Saudi Arabia
- 2021: Maryja Kalesnikawa , Belarus
- Václav Havel Human Rights Prize (Homepage)
- Václav Havel Human Rights Prize Council of Europe website
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- Vaclav Havel Prize for Kolesnikowa , Tagesschau, September 27, 2021.