Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016 awarded to Nadia Murad after being nominated by Cyprus PACE delegation

The Members of the House of Representatives Ms Stella Kyriakidou (head), Mr. George Loucaides, Ms Christiana Erotokritou and Mr. Costis Efstathiou participate in the autumn plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which started on Monday 10 October 2016.

On the opening day of the PACE autumn plenary session Ms Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist, was awarded the 2016 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe Assembly, which honors outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights.

Ms Nadia Murad was kidnapped and detained by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in North Iraq. After escaping, she has become a human rights activist, bringing the plight of the Yazidi community, in particular the forced sexual enslavement and human trafficking of women and children captured by ISIS, to the forefront of international attention.

Ms Murat has been nominated for Vaclav Havel Prize by the head of the Cypriot delegation in the PACE, Deputy Ms Stella Kyriakidou, on behalf of the delegation members, as well as by other members of the House of Representatives.

Present at the award ceremony was the former Deputy and lifelong member of PACE, Mr. Christos Pourgourides, acting as a member of the Selection Panel for the Havel Foundation.

Source: Press and Information Office