Timetable for 2014

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

Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„Technology – that child of modern science, which in turn is a child of modern metaphysics – is out of humanity’s control, has ceased to serve us, has enslaved us and compelled us to participate in the preparation of our own destruction. And humanity can find no way out: we have no idea and no faith, and even less do we have a political conception to help us bring things back under human control. We look on helplessly as that coldly functioning machine we have created inevitably engulfs us, tearing us away from our natural affiliations (for instance, from our habitat in the widest sense of that word, including our habitat in the biosphere) just as it removes us from the experience of Being and casts us into the world of “existences”.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

What Price Human Rights?