"Some of the biggest successes we have had is in bringing attention to the places that have been most ignored, whether it be Turkmenistan or Equatorial Guinea. We like to popularize and put a spotlight on these heroes who are carrying out remarkable struggles. The tyrants have billions of dollars, secret police, military hardware, embassies and PR companies and all that these activists have is an email account and the truth. Yet it is remarkable what they can accomplish through tenacity and sheer determination," he said.
"I am deeply hit by the sudden death of Jiri Krizan because we were very close friends," Havel said in a statement Thursday. "Since the spring of 1989, he was one of my closest colleagues ... and helped me a great deal as my adviser at the Prague Castle."