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Disturbing the Peace Award: Short List of Nominees Announced NewsVaclav Havel Library Foundation Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk May 14, 2016 DISTURBING THE PEACE / Vaclav Havel (1936-2011) was a playwright, essayist, political dissident, and president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. He became well known as a dramatist in the 1960s, when his plays The Garden Party and The Memorandum were performed on theatre stages around the world. In the …
Russian artist Petr Pavlensky NewsThree Share Rights Group’s ‘Creative Dissent’ Award May 6, 2016 Source: Voice of America www.voanews.com / The New York-based Human Rights Foundation has awarded its 2016 Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent to an Iranian cartoonist, a Russian performance artist and an Uzbek photojournalist. “The prize celebrates those who, with bravery and ingenuity, unmask the lie of dictatorship by living …
thinker_VHLF EventsPolitics and Conscience exhibition presents Havel as thinker April 22, 2016 Source: Prague Daily Monitor www.praguemonitor.com / Prague, April 20 (CTK) – The ideas and statements by Vaclav Havel (1936-2011), Czech president, dissident and playwright, are highlighted by an exhibition that opened in the Czech Centre in Prague on Wednesday to mark 80th anniversary of his birth and show the importance …
jacques_VHLF NewsAbsurd drama that wasn’t written by Havel but in which he played brilliantly April 15, 2016 Around five hundred people assembled on Tuesday March, 29 at Kampa in Prague to protest against the convergence of the Czech Republic and China during the visit of the Chinese president in Prague. Demonstrators then decided to head to the Prague Castle, more specifically the Hradcanske square but ran into …
Phyoe Phyoe Aung NewsVaclav Havel Library Foundation took action in Phyoe Phyoe Aung’s case April 15, 2016 Prisoners of conscience Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband Lin Htet Naing were released on April, 8 along with other protesters who had been arrested in Myanmar for their activism. This is a huge victory for human rights and human rights defenders. Vaclav Havel Library Foundation wrote letters to the …
AMNESTY_VHLF NewsVaclav Havel Library Foundation participated in Write for Rights 2015, human rights activism by Amnesty International April 15, 2016 Vaclav Havel Library Foundation is pleased that Write for Rights found such a success this year and was happy to help innocent people find justice and freedom. Every year, around Human Rights Day on December 10th, hundreds of thousands of people around the world write letters and send email messages …
rocknroll_clanek_VHLF NewsWhy rock ’n’ roll is the music of dictatorships April 9, 2016 Source: The Globe and Mail www.theglobeandmail.com / By Ian Buruma / After U.S. President Barack Obama’s trailblazing visit to Cuba, a free concert by the Rolling Stones in Havana might seem like a relatively minor event. Mr. Obama revived relations with Cuba after more than a half-century of deep hostility. …
EVENT_belobradek_VHLF NewsLecture by the Honorable Pavel Bělobrádek, Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic April 6, 2016 Wednesday March 23, 2016 The Road of Freedom is the only way for all of us By Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Belobradek Good afternoon dear students, ladies and gentlemen, I am very glad, indeed, to have an opportunity to speak here in front of you today. I have accepted with …
Havel Clinton Kovac NewsCreating space for civic dialogue April 4, 2016 Source: The Gazette / www.thegazette.com / By Leah Wilson / For some, the 2016 presidential election will go down in history as one of the most contentious, divisive and absurd the American people have yet endured. For others, it’s a pivotal moment in the evolution of our democracy, and the …
EVENT_VHLF EventsNCSML Forum: Participating in Democracy – Havel@80 April 1, 2016 NCSML Forum: Participating in Democracy / Saturday April 2, 2016 10:30 am – 6:00 pm / A public exchange of ideas on how we shape democracy, inspired by Václav Havel, one of Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Political Prisoners,” and a freedom fighter celebrated the world over. In association with HAVEL@80 …
Tibet-Czech-Protest-Xi-2016 NewsHundreds of supporters protest Xi’s Czech visit, call for free Tibet April 1, 2016 Source: The Tibet Post International www.thetibetpost.com / By Yangchen Dolma / Prague — Hundreds of supporters rallied in central Prague”to protest against Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit, waving Tibetan national flags and they took up a number of chants including “Long live Havel,” “This isn’t Beijing,” “We don’t want a …
Human rights China NewsCzech NGOs unite to highlight human rights situation in China March 31, 2016 Source: Radio Prague www.radio.cz / By Ian Willoughby / Timed to coincide with the visit of President Xi Jinping to Prague, a group of Czech NGOs – including Forum 2000, Amnesty International and Tibetan rights groups – have just launched the Information Centre for Democracy and Human Rights in China. …
Xi Jinping NewsChinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Prague amid protests March 30, 2016 Source: DW  www.dw.com / China’s President Xi Jinping is making the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the Czech Republic. He was greeted on arrival by well-wishers – but also a number of pro-Tibetan protesters.The Chinese president arrived in the Czech Republic on Monday for a historic …
Event invitation EventsPanel discussion on “The Intellectual and Totalitarianism” March 23, 2016 Dear CRI Friend, Join us this Wednesday (March 23) for a panel discussion on “The Intellectual and Totalitarianism”.  Guest speakers include:  Dr. Monika Zgustava, Alejandro Rios, Ambassador Martin Palous and Dr. Marian Demos.  The event will be in FIU’s Green Library, room 220 (GL220) at 3pm. Please help us spread …
confess NewsRock ‘n’ Roll vs. Tyranny March 2, 2016 Source: FrontPage Mag www.frontpagemag.com / By Spyridon Mitsotakis / What the Mullahs’ recent arrest of Iranian heavy metal band “Confess” really means. An Iranian heavy metal band called Confess was recently arrested by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Members stand accused of “blasphemy” and writing “satanic” lyrics. Ari Lieberman of Frontpagemag reports: …