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.

Seminar: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)


Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democratization invites you to a discussion seminar on the subject Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs): Current Prospects and Protection Challenges.

Bríd Ní Ghráinne, Lecturer and Researcher, School of Law, Sheffield University 
Kristýna Andrlová, Lawyer, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the Czech Republic
Šárka Dušková, Lawyer, Organisation for Aid to Refugees (OPU) 

Who are „Internally Displaced Persons“ (IDPs)?
How do they differ from refugees?
Where do most people who have been forced to leave home but have remained in their own country come from?
What are the reasons people become IDPs?
What are the issues IDPs are facing?

Current issues and challenges concerning internally displaced persons (IDPs) will be discussed at the seminar. You will have chance to learn about the experience of the UNHCR´s experience with IDPs and about their current situation in Syria. This issue may also be relevant in the Czech Republic as the resettlement of people from conflict areas in Ukraine is relevant for decision-making of the Ministry of the Interior in cases concerning applications for international protection lodged by Ukrainians in the Czech Republic.

The seminar will take place on 6th June 2017 at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno.

Current information is available here.

Weapons or human rights?


The Czech Republic remains as one of the leading countries in the international weapons trade, particularly the distribution of small arms worldwide. Problematically, this includes exports to countries with highly contentious human rights records. Is this compatible with the Czech foreign policy based on the support of human rights? Are we legitimizing oppressive regimes? And can we strike a balance between protecting human rights and restricting arms trade, when often, arms are also used for defense?

These were the main topics of an event that took place on December 6th 2016 at the Cafe Trojka in Brno. Peter Tkáč (Nesehnutí, non-governmental organization) and Josef Kraus (Security analyst, Assistant at the Faculty of Social studies) discussed with the audience if whether or not necessarily we should be closely monitoring the destination of our arm exports, and to what extent the trader is responsible for human rights abuses on the ground. One thing remained undisputed - increasing transparency in arms trade should be the first step.

Current information on arms export available online.

The Internship of Helena Kopecká at The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia


At the end of February 2017, a member of The Czech Center for Human Rights and Democratization, Helena Kopecká, commenced her UN internship at The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, at the Department of the Co-Prosecutors. She namely works under the established American prosecutor, Nicholas Koumjian. Helena takes part in the creation of research drafts regarding crimes against humanity. Currently she is specializing in matters concerning forced labour. 

Centre members at the Conference of AHRI


In September 2016, Hubert Smekal and Katarína Šipulová represented The Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the Conference of AHRI (The Association of Human Rights Institutes) which took place in Utrecht. Besides participating in seminars and meetings with other organizations, they displayed some of the research activities of the Centre. Presenting a paper regarding the implementation of international human rights law set out by the constitutional courts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, centre members showed how international human rights law influenced constitutional courts. Such observations included the forming of important standpoints regarding lustrations, restitutions or the opening of archives belonging to StB. Members of the Centre also gained also many valuable insights and perspectives during the conference.


Dear readers, we are proud to present to you the 2015 issue of the Czech Republic Human Rights review. Despite the delay in its publication, we hope that you will find articles that will be of interest to you. And as is also stated in the editorial of this issue, we vow to deliver information about Czech human rights related events from following periods in a much timely manner. The 2015 issue starts with a leading article from Adam Blisa who reflects on significant events or situations that occurred in 2015 in the Czech Republic, which often put Czech society’s values and morals to a challenging test. You will also find information on the detention of foreigners in the Czech Republic and a rally that took place on a significant national holiday, that incited an important public debate on the state of freedom of expression in the Czech Republic. Other articles in this publication focus on the developments in discrimination cases in the Czech Republic or president Zeman’s state visit to Azerbaijan. We wish you an enjoyable reading.

Do not hesitate and read the Review

An Article by Hubert Smekal and Ladislav Vyhnánek in the European Constitutional Law Review


The Center's members Hubert Smekal and Ladislav Vyhnánek published an article in the prestigious journal Cambridge University's European Constitutional Law Review which deals with the Czech Constitutional Court's judgment on the 5% threshold in the 2014 European Parliament elections. The article is available here.

Photo: Andrew Dunn, CC-BY-SA 2.0

Hubert Smekal at the Challenges of Europe (Post)gradual Course


Hubert Smekal, a member of the Centre, will be delivering a lecture next week at the Challenges of Europe course, organized by the Utrecht University in the Croatian Dubrivnik. For more information on the course, follow the link.


Photo: Flo, CC BY-SA 3.0