2021 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize awarded!

The international conference in honour of the winner of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize took place at the Prague Crossroads, and we had the honour of being there.

This year’s winner for human rights 2021 is Maria Kalesnikava, one of the leading opposition figures in Belarus. She is one of the three women symbolizing the Belarusian opposition and the struggle of the Belarusian nation for civil and political freedoms and basic rights.

Live broadcast of the conference took place in cooperation with Czech Television at the Prague Crossroads. You can view a video from the conference here.

The prize is awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation every year.

In the nearly four-hour broadcast, there were several very interesting discussion panels on the most current topics concerning respect for human rights. Both the finalists of this competition and a lot of interesting guests took part in them. Among other things, the broadcast featured a remote presenter who could not participate in person and was connected using the Zoom platform. Remote connection was used in the third panel, where an extraordinary discussion took place, dedicated to the human rights crisis in Afghanistan. One pre-recorded contribution was also shown during this panel. The entire broadcast was bilingual, interpreted into English.

Viewers could ask questions during the broadcast and on the spot, by simply scanning a QR code via the Slido platform. Karel Schwarzenberg had a speech at the end and the entire event was closed by Michael Žantovský’s thanks.

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