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On the Life and Death of Liu Xiaobo

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 8, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

The latest edition of a series of evenings exploring contemporary China will focus on Liu Xiaobo, the recently deceased leading Chinese intellectual and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. It will feature readings from Liu’s work, including poems and essays, as well as of excerpts from noteworthy studies of his contribution to Chinese literature, philosophy, society and politics.

The evening will be hosted by Olga Lomová and Martin Hála from the Sinopsis project.

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Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington

„We are still a long way from that „family of man;“ in fact, we seem to be receding from the ideal rather than drawing closer to it. Interests of all kinds: personal, selfish, state, national, group and, if you like, company interests still considerably outweigh genuinely common and global interests. We are still under the sway of the destructive and thoroughly vain belief that man is the pinnacle of creation, and not just a part of it, and that therefore everything is permitted. There are still many who say they are concerdend not for themselves but for the cause, while they are demonstrably out for themselves and not for the cause at all. We are still destroying the planet that was entrusted to us, and its environment. We still close our eyes to the growing social, ethnic and cultural conflicts in the world. From time to time we say that the anonymous megamachinery we have created for ourselves no longer serves us but rather has enslaved us, yet we still fail to do anything about it.“

Václav Havel:
Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington, February 21, 1990

What Price Human Rights?