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

„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

Václav Havel’s Prague