Selection panel 2014

The selection panel of the Prize is composed of the President of the Assembly (or a person designated by him/her) and six independent persons (who cannot be current members of the Assembly) with recognised moral standing in the eld of human rights. The panel will examine the nominations, submit a shortlist of three nominees to the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly for information and, subsequently, designate the prize-winner for the year in question. Three panel members are appointed by the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly and three panel members by the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation. The six independent experts are appointed for a two-year period, renewable twice. The panel is chaired by the President of the Assembly or a person designated by him/her.

Members of the selection panel for years 2013 and 2014:

  • Anne Brasseur
  • František Janouch
  • Thomas Hammarberg
  • Nuala Mole
  • Marek Antoni Nowicki
  • Martin Palouš
  • Christos Pourgourides

Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„For the real question is whether the brighter future is really always so distant. What if, on the contrary, it has benn here for a long time already, and only our own blindness and weakness has prevented us from seeing it around us and within us, and kept us from developing it.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

4th Annual Conference, The Vaclav Havel European Dialogue, Prague, May 15, 2017Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry