Václav Havel was a leading figure in the "Velvet Revolution" in the Czech Republic in 1989. He was elected president of Czechoslovakia in December 1989. In January 1993, he became the first elected president of the newly established Czech Republic.

Václav Havel has played a pivotal role in the creation of the Czech Republic.
The former president is the recipient of numerous awards for his political achievements and commitment to humanity. In 1989, he was awarded The Olof Palme Prize, in 1990 The UNESCO Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights, and in 1991 The Sonning Prize, just to mention a few of the accolades the former president has received.

Furthermore, Václav Havel is honorary doctor of several universities around the world and is still an active advocate of human rights.