Liudmila Alekseeva receives Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize

posted 29 Sep 2015, 12:43 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Sep 2015, 12:54 ]
28 September 2015

Source: HRO.org (info)/2015
Russian human rights defender Liudmila Alekseeva has been declared the winner of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize for her contribution to the protection of human rights. The prize was presented by the presidenet of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Anne Brasseur on Monday, 28 September, at a session of the PACE.

Anne Brasseur said that Alekseeva had become ‘a symbol of the struggle for human rights in Russia.’

"I am not very confident that there will be a rapid change in the political climate in my country, but my long term prediction is optimistic. Russia is a European country […] Therefore we shall definitely become a democratic country and a state governed by the rule of law. I believe this with all my heart,” Liudmila Mikhailovna Alekseeva said in her acceptance speech, according to RBK.

The international Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize was established in December 2011 jointly by the Library of the former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, the Charter-77 Foundation and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. 

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