Sunday, April 14, 2013

Václav Havel award for human rights founded in Prague

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The Václav Havel award for human rights has been established in Prague in memory of the late Czech president, dissident playwright and human rights advocate. The prize, which will reward activities in defence of human rights around the world, will be first handed out this autumn by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe along with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation.
The head of the Václav Havel Library, Marta Smolíková, explains what role her institution will play in the process.
“We will organize the first session which will take place in the summer in Prague, and which will select three candidates for the award. After the winner is announced in Strasbourg, we will organize a conference in honour of the winner of the Václav Havel award to focus on the issues related to the human rights agenda.”

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