Man of Inspiration Human Rights through the Life and Work of Václav Havel
Václav Havel, Summer Meditations 1991
Human rights are universal and indivisible. Human freedom is also indivisible; if it is denied to anyone in the world, it is therefore denied, indirectly, to all people. This is why we cannot remain silent in the face of evil or violence; silence merely encourages them.
Michael Žantovský, Executive Director of Václav Havel Library
Václav Havel was one of the leading dissidents and human rights activists of the second part of the 20th century. His twenty year-long history of principled opposition to the totalitarian régime and his ability to make these human rights activities the guiding principles of his role as a politician constitute a powerful legacy and lesson for the present and the future in the never-ending struggle for human freedom, dignity and equality.
The Young Man
Happy Childhood - Communist Coup - Harsh Fiftees - Golden Sixtees (1936 - 1968)
Invasion - Normalisation - Letter to Gustáv Husák - Dissent (1968 - 1976)
The Political Prisoner
The Plastic People Band - Charter 77 - Imprisonments (1976 - 1983)
The Revolution Leader
Perestroika - Few Sentences - Velvet Revolution (1983 -1989)
Human Rights in the World - Human Rigts at Home (1989 - 2003)
Civil Society - Civil Responsibility (1989 - 2011)