TITLE: Vaclav Havel: Dissidents and Freedom
SPEAKER: Vaclav Havel, Min Zin, Ramon Humberto Colas, Ales Mihalevic, Reybia Kadeer, Kim Seung Min, Ali Afshari, Manouchehr Mohammadi, Paula Dobriansky
EVENT DATE: 02/20/2007
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes
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Vaclav Havel conducts a forum on "Dissidents and Freedom," featuring eight dissidents and activists from around the world in a program sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center. The event included a short speech from each of the featured guests followed by a question-and-answer session. Havel also received awards from both the National Endowment for Democracy and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
Speaker Biography: Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, is a playwright and human rights advocate. He currently holds the Chair of Modern Culture at the Library's John W. Kluge Center.
Speaker Biography: Min Zin is a Burmese journalist and democracy activist.
Speaker Biography: Ramon Humberto Colas is the founder of the Independent Libraries Movement in Cuba.
Speaker Biography: Ales Mihalevic is the vice chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front.
Speaker Biography: Reybia Kadeer is a democracy activist and Uyghur rights advocate in East Turkistan and Xinjiang, China.
Speaker Biography: Kim Seung Min is the founder of Free North Korea Radio in North Korea.
Speaker Biography: Ali Afshari is a democracy activist in Iran.
Speaker Biography: Manouchehr Mohammadi is a democracy activist in Iran.
Speaker Biography: Paula Dobriansky is the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs and Democracy.