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Council of Europe: Jagland to meet Pope Francis on 17 January. Launch of Havel Human Rights Prize 2019

Thorbjørn Jagland

(Strasbourg) Pope Francis will receive in audience the Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on 17 January. Jagland is approaching the end of his term: the CoE has started procedures for the appointment of a new Secretary General. The news was given by the Council of Europe which, as is customary, released its weekly agenda, announcing that Jagland will have “bilateral meetings” on his official visit to the Vatican. Also, the Strasbourg-based body has today issued a call for nominations for the 2019 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. The €60,000 Prize “aims to reward outstanding civil society action in defending human rights in Europe and beyond”, a statement reads. The deadline for submitting nominations to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is 30 April 2019. The Prize will be awarded on 30 September. In 2016, the Prize was awarded to Nadia Murat, the young Yazidi woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. The Vaclav Havel Prize 2018 went to activist Titiev Oyub, director of the “Memorial” Human Rights Centre in Chechnya.

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