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Vaclav Havel’s human rights legacy an inspiration

Headline Title:  Vaclav Havel’s human rights legacy an inspiration 21 December 2011 Amnesty International paid tribute today to the inspiring legacy of Vaclav Havel, human rights defender, last President of Czechoslovakia, and the first Czech President, ahead of his funeral on Friday.Havel passed away on 18 December at the age of 75.  Originally a playwright, he led the former Czechoslovakia’s dissident human rights movement Charter 77, was repeatedly jailed by the Communist government, and adopted by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.  He was a key leader…

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