Timetable for 2016

  • 30 April 2016: deadline for submission of nominees for the 2016 Prize.
  • 30 August 2016: first meeting of the Selection Panel in Prague which will shortlist three candidates out of the candidatures received.
  • 9 October 2016: second meeting of the Selection Panel in Strasbourg which will select the final Prizewinner from the shortlist.
  • 10 October 2016: Prize Award Ceremony in Strasbourg in the Debating Chamber of the Parliamentary Assembly during its Autumn Session.
  • 12 October 2015: Inernational Conference In Honour of Prizewinner Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„Besides, to be wary of words and of the horrors that might slumber inconspicuously within them – isn’t this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual? I recall that André Glucksmann once spoke in Prague about the need for intellectuals to emulate Cassandra: to listen carefully to the words of the powerful, to be watchful of them, to forewarn them of their danger, and to proclaim their dire implications or the evil they might invoke.“

Václav Havel:
A Word about Words – samizdat essay, July 25, 1989

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry