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Defending Human Rights: The Havel Example

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In his very last days, though terribly ill, Vaclav Havel continued to fight for principles. He wrote a letter encouraging the fight for freedom in Belarus. He wrote, "I will continue to use every opportunity in the future, with my friends, to draw the international community's attention to the violations of human rights in Belarus," and added, "I wish you all the best and freedom for your country." Havel, who lived to see freedom and democracy come to Eastern Europe despite all the might of the Soviet superpower, and who played such a central role in that historic victory for human rights though he and his fellow dissidents were few in number and their cause appeared hopeless, proved that principles can and do prevail over power.


Aurel Braun is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Rights & Democracy and a political science professor at the University of Toronto.   David Matas is a Member of the Board

Rights & Democracy and a Winnipeg lawyer.


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David Matas is an international human rights, immigration and refugee lawyer in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
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