The Selection Panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, chaired by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Anne Brasseur, and comprising six independent figures (*) known for their expertise in the field of human rights, will meet on 26 August 2014 in Prague to determine a shortlist of three nominees from among the candidatures received.
The PACE President – together with Martin Palouš, member of the Václav Havel Library Board, and František Janouch, Chairman of the Board of the Charta 77 Foundation – will give a press conference after the selection meeting on 26 August 2014, at 4.00 pm, at the Kampa Museum (U Sovových mlýnů 2, 118 00 Prague 1 – Malá Strana, tel.: +420 257 286 147).
In a second meeting, which will take place in Strasbourg on 28 September 2014, the Selection Panel will designate the Prizewinner, which will subsequently be announced by the PACE President in the Assembly Chamber, on the first day of the Autumn plenary session on 29 September 2014, at 12.30 pm.
The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which aims to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond, is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation and is worth €60 000.
PACE contact: Francesc Ferrer, tel. +33 388 413 193
Vaclav Havel Library contact: Marta Smolíková, tel: + 420 603 89 75 82
Charta 77 Foundation contact: Bozena Jirků, tel. +420 224 214 452
(*) František Janouch, Chairman of the Board of the Charta 77 Foundation; Thomas Hammarberg, former Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, former Secretary General of Amnesty International; Nuala Mole, Senior Lawyer, founder of the AIRE Centre; Marek Antoni Nowicki, Human Rights Lawyer, Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Advisory Panel in Kosovo; Martin Palouš, member of the Václav Havel Library Board, and Christos Pourgourides, former Member of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus, former PACE Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.