Ceremonial unveiling of a bust of Václav Havel at the House of Representatives
Added: November 19, 2014
On 11 March 2014 the United States Congress, the USA’s supreme legislative body, passed resolution no. 506 honouring the life and legacy of Václav Havel.
The four-page text of the resolution lists a total of 15 reasons why US lawmakers voted for the honour, including the fact that Václav Havel was a world renowned defender of human rights and the manner in which – in both Charter 77 and the Committee for the Defence of the Unjustly Prosecuted – he boldly stood up to communist persecution in the Cold War period and, following 1989’s Velvet Revolution, contributed significantly to the renewal of democracy in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. The resolution honouring the life and spiritual legacy of Václav Havel was approved as a decree providing for the display of a bust of Václav Havel at the House of Representatives. The bust will be installed on Wednesday 19 November 2014 on the initiative of the Václav Havel Library Foundation in New York in connection with the 25thanniversary of the Velvet Revolution. The bust is the work of Lubomír Janečka, a sculptor of Czech origin living in the US. He also created a bust of Václav Havel for the Council of Europe building in Strasbourg, which the Václav Havel Library in Prague helped realise.