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PACE Awards Annual Havel Prize To Azerbaijani Activist

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has awarded its annual Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to jailed Azerbaijani human rights activist Anar Mammadli.

Mammadli was chosen over two other finalists: Israel's B'tselem, which defends the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians, and the Malta Branch of the international Jesuit Refugee Service, a group that defends the rights of asylum seekers.

The $79,000 prize, now in its second year, aims to reward outstanding civil sociey action in the defense of human rights.

Mammadli's prize was accepted on his behalf by his father as the activist serves a 5 1/2 year prison term, which began in May.

Mammadli's father, Asaf Mammadov, relayed a message to the PACE assembly from his son, saying, "Anar says that this prize constitutes a big boost of moral strength and a show of solidarity not just for him and the organization of which he is a member, but to all currently detained right defenders.

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PACE Awards Annual Havel Prize To Azerbaijani Activist

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