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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2017

The fifth Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights – has been awarded to Turkish supporter of the independence of the judiciary Murat Arslan. The €60 000 prize was presented at a special ceremony on monday 9 October at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, on the opening day of the autumn plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

The Václav Havel Library has organised an international conference in honour of the laureate; What Price Human Rights? will take place at the Prague Crossroads on 11 October, 2017. 

Winner of the 2017 VH Prize

Shortlisted Nominees

Conference What Price Human Rights? 

 

A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„The point I am trying to make is that words are a mysterious, ambiguous, ambivalent and perfidious phenomenon. They can be rays of light in a realm of darkness, as Belinsky once described Ostrovsky’s Storm. They can also be lethal arrows. Worst or all, at times they can be one or the other. They can even be both at once!“

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

What Price Human Rights?