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Nominees Announced For Havel Prize

An illustration for the book "The Case of Byalyatski," showing Ales Byalyatski (in red shirt).
Three nominees, including jailed Belarusian rights activist Ales Byalyatski, have been shortlisted for this year's Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize.

The other two are Georgia's Young Lawyers' Association and the Rights Defense Network of China.

Jean-Claude Mignon, president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), announced the nominees in Strasbourg on August 26, according to a PACE statement.

A selection panel chose them from a list of six candidates.

The winner will be picked on September 29 and officially announced the next day.

The Vaclav Havel Prize, which aims to reward outstanding civil-society action in the defense of human rights in Europe and beyond, is awarded each year by PACE in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library in Prague and the Czech Charta 77 Foundation.

It is worth 60,000 euros ($80,000).
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