2003-2005 - Celaforum
I' am very pleased to follow Václav Havel nomination for Peace Nobel Prize 2004.
Former President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel is one of the best known citizens of the Czech Republic, not only because of his struggle on human rights and democracy but also for attempting to build a new conception on political action, based on peace and self respect.
As an artist, Havel saved part of Czech culture through literature, articles and his theatre plays as "The Garden Party", five years before the Prague Spring of 1968 "wintered" under the forces of soviet totalitarism. Then, Czech citizen "bonzo" suicide Jan Palach, claiming against soviet occupation, possed great pressure over president Alexander Dubcek, to go ahead with democratic reforms: Havel took the voice of Palach's plead in name of Czech people.
With philosopher Jan Patocka and other human right activists, Havel signed the Helsinki principles of the "Charter 77" urging their Czechoslovakian compatriots to resist injustice by assuming the responsibility of free citizens.
Five years in prison added restrain to his soul and inspired his essay "The Power of the Powerless", in 1978, years of pain for argentines and Czech, oppressed by authoritarian regimes. In that turning point essay, Havel exposed the essence of the soviet regime and described the means and mechanisms used by communism in its effort to create a powerless and resigned society composed of shy and morally corrupted individuals.
Prominent leader of the "Velvet Revolution" in 1989, year of the beginning of the implosion of the soviet world, Havel faced the task of democratisation of government and society, first as president of Czechoslovakia (1989) and later on of the Czech Republic (1993).
As US democrat representative Walter Capps stated: "The Czech president is the product of a culture whose artists and intellectuals have for fifty years been remarkable for their courageous commitment to democratic government for the sake of the common good."
Largely involved in international affairs he travelled over the world gathering with other presidents most of European Heads of State, as well as the Presidents of the United States and of the former countries of the Soviet Union. He has been respected as a nonpartisan President and as an essential integrating authority on the political scene and also in matters relating to the Czecho-Slovak relationship.
His political and human work has been prized in all latitudes: The Olof Palme Prize (1989), The Simon Bolivar Prize, The UNESCO Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights (1990), The Grand Cross of the Order of the Legionof Honor (1990). The Chalemagne Prize (1991), The Sonning Prize (1991), The Theodor Heuss Prize (1993); and others.
In the same spirit Vaclav Havel is also a holder of honorary doctorates of: York University, Toronto, Canada; Le Mirail University, Toulouse, France; Columbia University, New York, USA; Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel; The Free University of Brussels, Belgium; and others.
Quite aware of changes in the post Cold War, in February 1990 address to the U.S. Congress on the subject of democratic ideals and the rebirth of the human spirit, Havel stated that the new order should be: "an era of multipolarity in which all of us, large and small, former slaves and former masters, will be able to create what your great President Lincoln called 'the family of men.'"
His militant life and strong democratic ideals are an example that largely deserve the nomination.
With many regards from,