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Only fifteen days left to submit candidates for the Václav Havel Prize 2015

The call for nominations for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2015 will be closed on 30 April next. The Prize, consisting of a sum of €60,000, a trophy and a diploma, is awarded annually by the Parliamentary Assembly, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation. It will be awarded on 28 September next in Strasbourg.

The Prize aims to reward outstanding civil society action in defending human rights in Europe and beyond. Candidates should have made a real difference to the human rights situation of a given group, been instrumental in uncovering systemic violations on a large scale, or have successfully mobilised public opinion or the international community for a given cause.

Nominations should be sent to the Parliamentary Assembly by e-mail to the following address: hrprize.pace@coe.int, using the form available on the Prize webpage. They should be signed by at least five sponsors.

The first Prize was awarded to Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski in September 2013. Last year's prize went to imprisoned Azerbaijani human rights defender Anar Mammadli.