Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (CCHRD)

CCHRD is an independent academic institution analysing human rights from social science and international law perspective. CCHRD organizes conferences, issues a monthly bulletin and informs about human rights in the Czech Republic as well as in Europe.

31.10.2018
Dougals Radcliff

Chechnya is an autonomous republic of Russia, located in the North Caucasus, near the Caspian Sea, in southern Russia. With a reported (though disputed) population of around 1.3 million people, the Chechen Republic is also, arguably, one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a homosexual.

The Crisis

The crisis was first made aware to the public on April 1, 2017 in the newspaper, “Novaya Gazeta.” The paper reported that numerous men between the ages of 16 and 50 had simply disappeared. The paper continues to specify the men were arrested for their practice of, or suspicion of, “non-traditional sexual orientation”.  

October Bulletin published

The October Bulletin opens with an exclusive interview with the President of the relatively new court in The Hague. Judge Ekaterina Trendafilová presides over the so-called Kosovo tribunal (Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor's Office). What crimes will this institution, located in the world’s judicial capital, focus on?

Additionally, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is being discussed, which was awarded to  Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad as an appreciation for their long-term activities against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Furthermore, there are a number of articles regarding current human rights developments.  These articles are divided into the following four categories: International Criminal Justice; European System of Human Rights Protection; International Politics, Business and Human Rights; and the Czech Republic and Human Rights.


You can read the Bulletin in PDF version. The Bulletin is in the Czech language.

28.9.2018
Dougals Radcliff

Taking effect on August 1, 2018, Denmark has joined a list of countries that has enacted bans on wearing face coverings in public, joining other countries that have certain limitations on face veils in public such as France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria and Austria.  

What is the “Burqa Ban?”

Briefly, the most common body coverings worn by Islamic women are the hijab, the niqab and the burqa. The hijab is most common as it simply refers to covering up in general, and many times refers to headscarves worn by women.  The niqab, which is a more concealing traditional Islamic wear describes a face veil, which leaves the area surrounding the eyes clear. Finally, a burqa is an Islamic veil covering the entire face and body. The burqa is quite rare in Western societies and is practiced the least.  

27.8.2018
Douglas Radcliff

In recent months North Korea and the United States have launched a process to reconcile some of the differences existing between their political cultures. More specifically, the overarching goal of the US in the summit is the nuclear disarmament of North Korea.

North Korea – United States Summit

The attempt to disarm is a step in the right direction when dealing with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but it is of vital important to consider his optics; what does North Korea Want? As a result of the historical meeting with President Trump and one of the world’s superpowers at the first summit meeting occuring on June 12, 2018 in Singapore, Kim Jong-Un and his cohorts gain a small amount of international recognition, and through this the argument could be made, inadvertent acceptance and even legitimacy.  However, is this what the US and the international community wanted – acceptance and recognition of one of the world’s most authoritarian regimes that has committed countless human rights violations against its own citizens?

Head of the Czech Centre Jan Lhotský published on the reform of the UN human rights treaty bodies

In October, The Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) based in Venice published the final thesis of the head of the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Jan Lhotský. EIUC annually publishes five of the best theses online from its E.MA human rights programme. In the text, Jan Lhotský analyses the functioning of the UN human rights treaty bodies that are based in Geneva and proposes a concrete reform for 2020 when the UN General Assembly is expected to decide on the necessary changes. The work is titled Human rights treaty body review 2020: towards an integrated treaty body system and its abstract as well as the whole text can be found here.

September Bulletin published

27.9.2018

The September Bulletin opens with three contributions discussing the institutional set-up of human rights protection in the Czech Republic. Lucie Nechvátalová focuses on the question of whether it is sufficient to have the human rights agenda under the Ministry of Justice or if it is more suitable to have a separate person responsible for it. Two interviews follow, the first with the former minister of human rights, Džamila Stehlíková, and the second with the former government’s plenipotentiary for human rights, Monika Šimůnková. What are their experiences?

Furthermore, there are a number of articles regarding current human rights developments.  These articles are divided into the following four categories: International Criminal Justice; European System of Human Rights Protection; International Politics, Business and Human Rights; and the Czech Republic and Human Rights.

You can read the Bulletin in PDF version. The Bulletin is in the Czech language.

Summer Bulletin published

3.9.2018

Our two-month summer Bulletin opens with an exclusive interview with the Czech President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Judge Ivana Hrdličková. What crimes does this so-called hybrid tribunal based in The Hague focus on?

Additionally, the Czech member of the Venice Commission, Veronika Bílková, discusses in detail the June session of the commission that elaborated mainly on the Hungarian package of legislative amendments referred to as Stop Soros.

Nikola Klímová then discusses the outcomes of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in connection with the developments in Turkey, Tanzania, Poland and El Salvador.

Furthermore, there are a number of articles regarding current human rights developments.  These articles are divided into the following four categories: International Criminal Justice; European System of Human Rights Protection; International Politics, Business and Human Rights; and the Czech Republic and Human Rights.

You can read the Bulletin in PDF version. The Bulletin is in the Czech language.