Timetable for 2016

  • 30 April 2016: deadline for submission of nominees for the 2016 Prize.
  • 30 August 2016: first meeting of the Selection Panel in Prague which will shortlist three candidates out of the candidatures received.
  • 9 October 2016: second meeting of the Selection Panel in Strasbourg which will select the final Prizewinner from the shortlist.
  • 10 October 2016: Prize Award Ceremony in Strasbourg in the Debating Chamber of the Parliamentary Assembly during its Autumn Session.
  • 12 October 2015: Inernational Conference In Honour of Prizewinner Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

The Czech Fate – essay

„I don’t believe in that Fate at all and I think that in the first instance we are engineers of our own fate… After all, what happened did not happen because we are Czechs and Czechs always have to suffer at the hands of their neighbours (because that is their “Czech Fate”), but for quite different , more specific reasons.“

Václav Havel:
The Czech Fate – essay, February 1969

The unbearable lightness of evilVáclav Havel’s Prague