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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

Václav Havel

“Without dreaming of a better Europe we shall never build a better Europe.”
Václav Havel, before the Parliamentary Assembly.
Strasbourg, May 1990
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The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, has issued a call for nominations for the 2017 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which will be awarded for the fifth consecutive year on 9 October next in Strasbourg. The ceremony will be followed by the conference in honour of the winner in Prague.

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Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

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