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.

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.

The Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy is proud to present a new issue of the Czech Republic Human Rights Review examining the period of 2016.

We are opening the issue with a piece from a guest writer Jan Kozubík who offers a description of the 2016 developments in the Czech LGBT policy areas.

June Bulletin published

25.7.2018

The June Bulletin opens with a contribution from Marie Lukasová, who discusses the outcomes of the review of the Czech Republic by the UN Committee against Torture. What are the areas that should be improved?

We continue with the report from the conference in Olomouc, in particular from the section on international law focused on hybrid threats. The participants included not only Czech and foreign academics but also representatives of the armed forces from the Czech Republic and the US.

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 download the Bulletin in PDF version. The Bulletin is in the Czech language.

May Bulletin published

20.6.2018

The May Bulletin of the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy opens with an article by Monika Hanych on the freedom of media in the states of the Visegrád Group. How are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary doing in the area of freedom of the press? And what is the trend of this development?

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 download the Bulletin in PDF version. The Bulletin is in the Czech language.

Double success of a member of the Czech Centre and the editor of the Bulletin Jan Lhotský

3.12.2017

In September Jan Lhotský finished one-year studies specialized in human rights (E.MA) that took place in Venice, Italy and Graz, Austria. His final thesis was awarded among five best works that will be published. The paper discusses the need for reforming the UN human rights treaty bodies, like e.g. the Human Rights Committee. It further proposes a concrete shape of the reform for 2020 when the UN General Assembly will decide on the system’s improvements (more about the event here). Furthermore, in October Jan Lhotský started a six months work as a Visiting Professional at the chambers of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.