October 10, 2016
Nadia Murad, a Yazidi Kurdish human rights activist, was awarded the prestigious 2016 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe Assembly on Monday.
The Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights was awarded on Monday to Nadia Murad, a Yezidi rights activist who was kidnapped and detained by Islamic State (IS) in Iraq in 2014, said BalkanInsight website.
Murad received the award at a special ceremony on the opening day of the autumn plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Monday.
“A young, brave Yazidi woman, who managed to flee ISIS in northern Iraq. Today a human rights activist, she brings 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,” the selection panel said when nominating Murad.
Murad said in a tweet that she is honored to be 2016 Václav Havel Prize winner, adding that she dedicates this recognition to 3400 Yazidi women and children in IS captivity and victims of terror.