Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2015 awarded to Russia’s Ludmilla Alexeeva

The third Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights – has been awarded to veteran Russian human rights defender Ludmilla Alexeeva.

The 60 000 euro prize was presented at a special ceremony on September 28 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).

“Ludmilla Alexeeva has inspired many generations of activists in Russia, but also abroad, to commit themselves to the struggle for justice,” PACE president Anne Brasseur, chair of the selection panel, said when presenting the trophy.

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