Václav Havel Human Rights Prize to reward outstanding civil society action
18.06.2013 / 07:18
A prize to commemorate Václav Havel, playwight, opponent of totalitarianism and Czech President, and to reward defenders of human rights worldwide, has been launched in March 2013. Deadline for nominations is 30 June every year.
The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.
The Prize 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. Nominations of any individual, non-governmental organisation or institution working to defend human rights are taken into consideration. The Prize consists of a sum of €60 000, a trophy and a diploma. Detailed information and nomination guidelines can be found at the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize website.