Timetable for 2015

  • 30 April 2015: deadline for submission of nominees for the 2014 Prize.
  • 25 August 2015: first meeting of the Selection Panel in Prague which will shortlist three candidates out of the candidatures received.
  • 27 September 2015: second meeting of the Selection Panel in Strasbourg which will select the final Prizewinner from the shortlist.
  • 28 September 2015: Prize Award Ceremony in Strasbourg in the Debating Chamber of the Parliamentary Assembly during its Autumn Session.
  • 30 September 2015: Inernational Conference In Honour of Prizewinner Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

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