strasbourg - The Vaclav Havel Prize for Human Rights has been awarded to the Iraqi activist Nadia Murad. It belongs to the Yazidis and was abducted at the age of 21 in 2014 by the Islamic State.
Murad was abused three months before they managed to escape to Germany. In recent years she has worked on the Yazidis, especially for women who are abused as sex slaves by IS. She was this year also a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Murad accepted the award which 60 000 is connected, Monday received in Strasbourg. The set price by the Council of Europe is named after the Czech playwright and fighter for human rights, and later President Vaclav Havel (1936-2011).
The prize was awarded for the fourth time. The previous winners were from Belarus, Azerbaijan and Russia.