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Princess of Asturias Awards

12/19/2011

Vaclev Havel, 1997 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, has died

Václav Havel, 1997 Prince of Asturias Awards for Communication and Humanities ©FPA

He received the award along with CNN.

Vaclev Havel, 1997 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, has died. 

The jury that conferred the award on him was chaired by Domingo Garcia y Sabell and made up of Carlos Luis Álvarez, Adela Cortina, Alejandro Fernández de Araoz y Marañón, Javier Gómez Cuesta, Javier González Ferrari, Miguel Ángel Gozalo, Juan Luis Iglesias Prada, José María Martín Patino, Hans Meinke, Manuel Olivencia, Ricardo Senabre, Jesús de la Serna and Román Suárez Blanco.

As the minutes of the Jury reflect, Vaclav Havel, then president of the Czech Republic, “in addition to being an internationally recognized poet, playwright and essayist, has incorporated moral principles into politics while making a steady and practical appeal to civil commitments above ideological ones. His freedom of thought and intellectual clarity have led him to place political aims at the service of that which is securely in the background: human spirituality and conscience. His contribution to Europe, the building of a productive and democratic peace between Czechs and Slovaks, is one of the most brilliant chapters in modern history”.

The Awards Ceremony took place on 24th October and was presided over by H.R.H. the Prince of Asturias. The speeches at the ceremony were given by Álvaro Mutis, Vaclav Havel, the President of Guatemala at the time, Álvaro Arzú, Yehudi Menuhin, the President of the Foundation at the time, José Ramón Álvarez Rendueles, and H.R.H. Felipe de Borbón.

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