Winner of the 2018 Václav Havel Human Rigts Prize
On Monday 8 October, 2018, Oyub Titiev was ceremonially announced as laureate of the 2018 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The award is presented by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation.
Oyub Titiev (Russian Federation), in detention since January 2018, is a prominent human rights defender and head of the Grozny representative office of the Memorial Human Rights Center in Chechyna. Mr Titiev succeeded Natalia Estemirova, murdered in 2009, as head of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in Chechnya, and has made a widely recognised contribution to the defence of human rights in the region by reporting on abuses by the local authorities