By John Lee.
A Kurdish Yazidi survivor of the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) sex slavery has been shortlisted for the prestigious Václav Havel Human Rights Prize for her outstanding activities in the defense of human rights.
Nadia Murad managed to excape captivity, and now brings the plight of the Yazidi community, in particular the forced sexual enslavement and human trafficking of women and children captured by the IS group, to the forefront of international attention.
The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded each year by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.
The Prize is awarded in memory of Václav Havel, playwright, opponent of totalitarianism, architect of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic and an enduring symbol of opposition to despotism. Nominations of any individual, non-governmental organisation or institution working to defend human rights are taken into consideration. The Prize consists of a sum of €60 000, a trophy and a diploma.
(Source: Václav Havel Human Rights Prize)