2013 Laureates

The Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent celebrates those who, with bravery and ingenuity, unmask the lie of dictatorship by living in truth.

  • Emil Constantinescu and Berta Soler of Ladies in White
    Emil Constantinescu and Berta Soler of Ladies in White
  • Garry Kasparov and Ali Ferzat
    Garry Kasparov and Ali Ferzat
  • Pål Sverre Hagen and Park Sang Hak
    Pål Sverre Hagen and Park Sang Hak
The 2013 Havel Prize Laureates are as follows:

Ali Ferzat

Ali Ferzat is a Syrian political cartoonist known for his satirical caricatures. Ferzat's cartoons became increasingly critical of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the brutality of the regime's crackdown. In 2011, masked gunmen detained Ferzat and broke both of his hands and his fingers, a clear message of intimidation and retaliation for his work. Ferzat recovered from the attack and continues to produce political cartoons.

Park Sang Hak

Park Sang Hak, a North Korean defector and human rights activist, has worked for the democratization of his homeland since a daring escape in 1999. He is the chairman of Fighters for a Free North Korea, an organization that uses helium balloons to transmit human rights and pro-democracy literature, DVDs, USB drives, and transistor radios from South Korea into North Korea.

The Ladies in White ("Las Damas de Blanco")

The Ladies in White (Las Damas de Blanco) is a Cuban civil society organization founded by the wives, sisters, mothers, and daughters of political prisoners jailed during the Castro regime's "Black Spring" crackdown in 2003. The Ladies wear white to symbolize their commitment to nonviolence. Despite repeated arrests and beatings by Cuban authorities, the group marches every Sunday in Havana to protest the lack of human rights under the Castro dictatorship. Berta Soler has led the group since the death of founder Laura Pollán in 2011. Soler accepted the award on the group's behalf.