Timetable for 2014

  • 30 April 2014:
    deadline for submission of nominees for the 2014 Prize.
  • 26 August 2014:
    first meeting of the Selection Panel in Prague which will shortlist three candidates out of the candidatures received.
  • 28 September 2014:
    second meeting of the Selection Panel in Strasbourg which will select the final Prizewinner from the shortlist.
  • 29 September 2014:
    Prize Award Ceremony in Strasbourg in the Debating Chamber of the Parliamentary Assembly during its Autumn Session.
  • 1 October 2014:
    Inernational Conference In Honour of Prizewinner Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

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

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry