Helena Bončková and Hubert Smekal published an article called, “The fragmentation of common values? Opt-outs from the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights,” which was published in a journal “Contemporary Europe” (02/2010).
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 is islamophobia.
Members of the Centre, Linda Janků, Hubert Smekal and Katarína Šipulová, published an article called, “International Human Rights Commitments of the Czech Republic,” in the journal of “Central European Political Studies.” They collaborated with a mathematics student of Oxford University, Jozef Janovský.
Monika Mareková and Katarína Šipulová point out that the recent expulsion of Musataf Labsi, an Algerian citizen, from Slovakia was a breach of international commitments on Slovakia’s part. You can read the analysis here.
In an analysis from the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Helena Bončková and Hubert Smekal prove that the recently negotiated opt-out from the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights does not have to include the cases from which it was supposed to protect us. More precisely – the problem, to which the exception is allegedly reacting to, probably does not exist.
In January 2010 a policy paper was published by the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy about the reformation of the European Court of Human Rights. The Centre reacted to the challenge presented by the Ministry of Justice along with certain non-governmental organisations, such as the League of Human Rights and the Ecological Legal Service. The Ministry of Justice called for a discussion regarding the possibilities of ECtHR's reformation. The first part of the policy paper deals with the current state and the reasons why the reformation is necessary. The second part proposes several reform ideas, and also comments on the ones already proposed at the Interlaken conference (this conference was supposed to discuss the ECtHR' s reformation in February 2010).