2014 Havel Prize for Creative Dissent awarded to Erdem Gunduz, Pussy Riot, and Dhondup Wangchen

May 5, 2014

On 2 May 2014 the Human Rights Foundation announced as the recipients of its 2014 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent the Turkish performance artist Erdem Gunduz, Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot, and imprisoned Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen. They will be honored at a ceremony during the Oslo Freedom Forum on Wednesday, May 14.

Erdem Gunduz, known as the “Standing Man,” is a performance artist who rose to prominence during the 2013 anti-government protests in Turkey. After Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan issued a ban on demonstration in Istanbul, Gunduz stood silently on the sealed-off Taksim Square for more than six hours, even as Turkish police tried to provoke a response from him, becoming a powerful symbol of the movement.

Pussy Riot is a Russian punk rock protest group of women who don colorful balaclavas and perform in public places to draw attention to the abuses of Vladimir Putin’s regime. Their music and impromptu concerts are a form of “dissident art” created to support individual liberties in the face of an increasingly authoritarian Russian state. Pussy Riot will be represented in Oslo by Maria Alyokhina, who served 21 months in Russian prison camp for performing a protest song in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

Dhondup Wangchen is a Tibetan filmmaker imprisoned by the Chinese dictatorship on charges of subversion after producing the documentary “Leaving Fear Behind.” The film features interviews with ordinary Tibetans discussing the Beijing Olympics, the Dalai Lama, and the Chinese Communist Party. Dhondup is currently serving a six-year prison sentence, despite calls for his release by international human rights organizations. He will be honored in absentia during the ceremony.

For more on the award see:  http://www.trueheroesfilms.org/thedigest/award/václav-havel-prize-creative-dissent

The Havel Prize ceremony will be broadcast live online at http://www.oslofreedomforum.com beginning at 4:00pm CET on Wednesday, 14 May 2014. via 2014 Havel Prize for Creative Dissent Awarded to Erdem Gunduz, Pussy Riot, and Dhondup Wangchen | News | The Human Rights Foundation.

One Response to “2014 Havel Prize for Creative Dissent awarded to Erdem Gunduz, Pussy Riot, and Dhondup Wangchen”


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