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The 2017 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize: Call for Nominations


The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize will be awarded in October 2017. Nominations should be submitted at the latest on 30 April 2017.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has issued a call for nominations for the 2017 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize aimed to reward outstanding civil society action in defending human rights. The winner will be awarded a trophy and a diploma as well as a sum of €60,000 including a contribution by the Government of the Czech Republic, in October 2017. At that time the Czech Republic will hold the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers for the second time in its modern history.

The Prize is awarded in memory of Václav Havel, President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation to any individual, non-governmental organization or institution working to defend human rights are taken into consideration. Since 2013 it has been awarded successively to Ales Bialiatski (Belarus), Anar Mammadli (Azerbaijan), Ludmilla Alexeeva. (Russian Federation), and last year to human rights activist Nadia Murad (Iraq), who has brought the plight of the Yazidi community.

Nominations supported by signatures of at least 5 sponsors should be sent to the following address: at the latest on 30 April 2017 and submitted in either English or French. More information available at