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New human rights award to be named after late Czech President Vaclav Havel

The late Czech President Vaclav Havel is getting a new international human rights award named after him.

The Foreign Ministry says Jean-Claude Mignon, president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, will sign a deal to create the prize with representatives of the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation on Monday in Prague.

The library dedicated to Havel's life and works said Friday the prize will be awarded annually for a contribution to human rights.

Havel was a dissident playwright who led the 1989 revolution that toppled four decades of communist rule before becoming the country's president. He died Dec. 18, 2011, at age 75.

The Czech Republic became a human rights champion under Havel.