Timetable for 2015

  • 30 April 2015: deadline for submission of nominees for the 2014 Prize.
  • 25 August 2015: first meeting of the Selection Panel in Prague which will shortlist three candidates out of the candidatures received.
  • 27 September 2015: second meeting of the Selection Panel in Strasbourg which will select the final Prizewinner from the shortlist.
  • 28 September 2015: Prize Award Ceremony in Strasbourg in the Debating Chamber of the Parliamentary Assembly during its Autumn Session.
  • 30 September 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

What Price Human Rights?