Nominations Open for Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2018!

Deadline: 30 April 2018.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2018 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize with an aim 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 large scale systemic violations, or have successfully mobilised public opinion or the international community for a cause.


Prize Information

The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which will be awarded on 8 October 2018 in Strasbourg, and it consists of a sum of €60,000, a trophy and a diploma.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals or non-governmental institutions active in the defence of human rights can be nominated for the Prize.
  • Nominations for the Prize should be addressed to the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly and be signed by at least five sponsors, other than the nominee, on the special form to be found at the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize website.
  • Nominations shall provide details of the nominee’s work in the defence of human rights and specify the reasons why the nominee’s work can be considered to be outstanding.
  • Relevant supporting documents should be provided.
  • Nominations should be submitted in either of the two official languages of the Council of Europe, English or French.


How to Apply

Applicants must download the nomination form via the link below.



For more information, please visit Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2018.

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