2012 Havel Prize Acceptance Speech

Ai Weiwei
2012 Havel Prize Acceptance Speech
5/9/2012

In a video message, Chinese artist and activist
Ai Weiwei accepts the inaugural Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent at the
Oslo Freedom Forum. Forbidden by Chinese authorities to travel to receive
his award, Ai explains that he is also barred from using the internet and from communicating
with journalists. He shares his frustration at the lack of human rights in
China and urges his fellow artists to stand up against this repression and help
build a better society for those who do not have the freedom to speak out for
themselves.