Refusing to be silent

Laureaat International Four Freedoms Award 1990

Vaclav Havel & Jacques Delors Laureaat International Four Freedoms Award 1990

The dissident playwright Václav Havel was forbidden to engage in artistic and political activities after the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. In the years 1970 to 1989 he was imprisoned three times and spent nearly five years in prison. On December 29, 1989 he was elected President of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic. For representing the courageous men and women who, by refusing to be silent, have torn down the Iron Curtain and opened their countries to the possibilities of freedom and democracy.