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.
Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
The Centre is an independent academic institution monitoring human rights developments both domestically and worldwide, issuing a monthly Bulletin, as well as organizing conferences.
Centre Is the Author of This Year's ENAR Shadow Report on the State of Racism and Discrimination in the Czech Republic
Six Centre 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 Centre which was held on April 18 at the Faculty of Social Science, Masaryk University.
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).
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.