Fences, walls and trenches: free movement as a human right?

International conference in honour of the winner of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016

Prague Crossroads, October 12, 2016

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8.30–9.00 Registration

9.00–10.00

  • Interview with Václav Havel Human Rights Prize finalists

“The only lost cause is one we give up on before we enter the struggle.”

Summer Meditations, 1991

Chair:

  • Michael Žantovský - executive director, the Library of Vaclav Havel (Czech Republic)

Panelists:

  • Gordana Igric – journalist and activist (Serbia)
  • Nadia Murad  Basee - activist (Iraq)
  • Sébastien Touzé – Fondation René Cassin – International Institute of Human Rights

10.00–10.20

Keynote speech by the Rector of CEU

  • Michael Ignatieff – president and rector, Central European University (Hungary)

10.20–11.35

  • Panel I: East of Eden

"The idea that a person can rewrite his biography is one of the traditional self-deceptions of Central Europe."

The Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, July 26, 1990 

Chair:

  • Martin Palouš – diplomat and teacher, Florida International University (United States of America)

Panelists:

  • Ales Bialitski – chairman, the Human Rights Center Viasna (Belarus)
  • Anar Mammadli – human rights activist (Azerbaijan)
  • Saso Ordanoski – journalist (Macedonia)
  • Gordana Igric – journalist and activist (Serbia)

11.35 – 11.55

Special Appearance

  • Nadia Murad  Basee – activist (Iraq)

11.55–13.00  Lunch

13.00–14.15

  • Panel II: Brexit: who lost the United Kingdom?

"The demons that so fatally affected European history  most disastrously in the twentieth century!  are biding their time. It would be a tragic error to forget about them because of some technicalities over funds, quotas or tariffs."

Europe as a Task, Aachen, May 15th, 1996

Chair:

  • Michael Žantovský – executive director, the Library of Vaclav Havel (Czech Republic)

Panelists:

  • Eva Jiřičná – architect and designer (UK)
  • Tomáš Prouza – State Secretary for European Affairs (Czech Republic)
  • Martin Woollacott – journalist, the Guardian (UK)

14.15–15.30

  • Panel III: Openness or closeness of the EU

"The task of politicians is not just to carry out the will of voters and perhaps repeat their delusions so as to win them over, but also to lead and to fight against their delusions. Even with the risk that next time they won’t get elected."

Interview with Václav Havel for the revue Kavárna A.F.F.A., no. 4/95

Chair:

  • Daniela Drtinová – journalist, DVTV (Czech Republic)

Panelists:

  • Ondřej Liška – activist (Czech Republic)
  • Montserrat Feixas Vihe – UNHRC Regional Representative for Central Europe (Hungary)
  • Sebastien Touze – Institut international des droits de l´homme (France)
  • Aleksander Kaczorowski – author and editor in chief, Aspen Review Central Europe (Poland)

15.30–15.50

Closing remarks

  • Karel Schwarzenberg – member of Parliament (Czech Republic)

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

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