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|2013 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize awarded to Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski|
Strasbourg, 30.09.2013 – The first ever Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize – which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights – has been awarded to Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski.
As Mr Bialiatski is currently in prison, the €60 000 prize was presented to his wife, Natallia Pinchuk, in a special ceremony today at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, on the opening day of the autumn plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
In 2013, the selection panel, comprising six independent figures and chaired by Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), drew up the shortlist of three nominees on the basis of 27 candidatures which fulfilled the criteria for the Prize. Representatives of the two other shortlisted nominees – the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association and the Rights Defence Network from China – also received diplomas during the ceremony.
The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, to reward outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.
|A political organisation set up in 1949, the Council of Europe works to promote democracy and human rights continent-wide. It also develops common responses to social, cultural and legal challenges in its 47 member states.|