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.

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

The unbearable lightness of evilVáclav Havel’s Prague