Czech Center for Human Rights and Democratization (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.

Members of the Center at the Czech Foreign Policy Symposium

Helena Bončková and Hubert Smekal presented a paper Czech "Exemption" from the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights - Still with Us at the Czech Foreign Policy Symposium in the Cerninsky Palace in Prague.

Center is Looking for Interns

 

The Center for Human Rights and Democratization is looking for INTERNS to help it organize conferences, manage grant projects and prepare Czech Review of Human Rights and other papers in the academic year 2012/2013. Interns should be interested in one of these topics
  • European System of Human Rights Protection
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Czech Republic and Human Rights
Should you be interested, please send your structured CV and brief letter of motivation by October 24, 2012 to hsmekal@fss.muni.cz.
Indicate the word "Internship" and one of the three thematic areas in the subject of the e-mail.

"Empower Human Rights!" Conference

From September 9 to September 12, the Center representatives visited Vienna, where, under the auspicies of the University of Vienna and Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Menschenrechte, the international conference Empower Human Rights! was held. The aim of the conference was to present results of the research project of AHRI (The Association of Human Rights Institutes) and COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) called "The Role of the EU in UN Human Rights Reform". The annual meeting of AHRI and COST members was held on the occasion of the conference and simultaneously also a conference of PhD students took place.

Center Is the Author of This Year's ENAR Shadow Report on the State of Racism and Discrimination in the Czech Republic

Six Center representatives (Linda Janků, Miroslav Knob, Václav Krajňanský, Anna Matušinová, Zuzana Melcrová a Hubert Smekal) signed a contract with nongovernmental organization ENAR (European Network Against Racism) regarding authorship of this year's Shadow Report on the State of Racism in the Czech Republic.

The aim of the Shadow Report is to map the state of racism and racial discrimination from the view of a non-profit sector, to describe important changes which occurred during the period and to put them in the national context. Individual country reports are then summarized in the Shadow Report on the State of Racism in the EU. Special theme of this year's report was islamophobia. 

Previous Shadow Reports can be found on http://www.enar-eu.org.

Should international observer missions influence fairness of elections?

Could they be considered a tool for promoting democracy or rather a mean of legitimizing government of pseudo democrats? 

 

These and many other questions were answered by three experienced elections observers during a seminar organized by the Center which was held on April 18 at the Faculty of Social Science, Masaryk University.  read more

Czech Center for Human Rights and Democratization organized a seminar on "Occupy Wall Street"

Overcrowded lecture hall at the Faculty of Social Science of Masaryk University in Brno experienced contributions and discussions on the topic of Occupy Wall Street on 6th of December 2011. Jana Kovacovska via video streaming from New York expressed impressions directly from area where the demonstrations take place. Afterwards, the phenomenon was analyzed by lawyer Ladislav Vyhnanek  (Constitutional court, MU) alongside with economist Vladan Hodulak (FSS MU) and political scientist Ondrej Cisar (FSS MU). Center for Human rights was also represented by Hubert Smekal as a host of the discussion.

Member of the CCHRD won the best Czech human rights thesis of 2011 award

Member of the Czech Center for Human Rights Monika Marekova who is currently an intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in Hague was awarded for the best human rights thesis of 2011. The thesis deals with the conflict between the right to respect for private and family life and the protection of public safety. The competition is organized by the League of Human Rights. Patronage over the League is held by Vice-President of the Constitutional court Eliska Wagnerova who commented the work at award ceremony : " Her work is exceedingly great and fairly written. This topic is very actual and we at the Constitutional court encounter the issue very often".