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Anar Mammadli wins 2014 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize  29/09/14

Today, Azerbaijani human rights defender Anar Mammadli was ceremonially announced as laureate of the 2014 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The award is presented by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation. More

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PHOTO: Otto Dov Kulka: Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death (17. 9. 2014)  19/09/14

Otto Dov Kulka was interned at the Terezín ghetto at the age of nine and was later sent to the Auschwitz death camp. Long-ago personal experiences pursue him constantly and after many years return to him as living images and reminiscences of a deep childhood trauma that he has not fully come to terms with to this day. The book Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death is the result of one man’s unique and powerful experiment in searching for a way to understand his past (and our history). This evening with the author on the occasion of the Czech publication of his book was held by the VHL in cooperation with the Torst publishing house and the Israeli Embassy in Prague. More

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VIDEO: Discussion with Barbara Day (10. 9. 2014)  12/09/14

The next in a series of "Talks in English" with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Barbara Day has been involved with the Czech theatre since 1965, completing her PhD on the Prague Theatre on the Balustrades at Bristol University in 1985, when she also organised a Czech festival. Theatre connections put her in touch with the “underground university”, with which she worked until 1989 and about which she wrote in her book The Velvet Philosophers. Discussion was chaired by Martin Pšenička, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Theatre Studies of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University and an editor of the Czech Theatre Review. The event was held in cooperation with the project Freedom Express, implemented at the initiative of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. More

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New season in new premises: Ostrovní 13  04/09/14

From September the Václav Havel Library is operating at a new address. It took advantage of the opportunity to move its activities to Ostrovní 13 in Prague 1, to a building formerly used by the Czech Post. The new programme season will today with the evening of historian David Svoboda about Carpathian Ruthenia and the Czech-Ukrainian Conflict. You can find all the September programme here. We are looking forward to see you in our new premises.

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Three nominees for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014  26/08/14

Three nominees for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014 were shortlisted at today´s meeting of the Prize selection pannel members in Prague. The finalists are (in alphabetical order): B'Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights (Israel), Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta) and Anar Mammadli (Azerbaijan). More

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01/10/14 08:30

Human Rights 25 Years Later Prague Crossroads, St. Anna´s Church, Prague

An international conference in honour of the winner of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize attended by representatives of this year’s finalists, the Israeli non-profit organization B’Tselem, Malta’s Jesuit Refugee Service and the Azerbaijani human rights defender Anar Mammadli (more information on other page). Among those also taking part in the conference will be the winner of the first edition of the prize, the dissident Ales Bialiatski, North Korean exile Shin Dong-hyuk and Crimean Tartar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev. More