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Human Rights and Democracy in a State of Transition: how the Czech Republic has fared

Speakers from the Czech Foreign Ministry, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and People in Need will discuss Human Rights and Democracy, with particular focus on the work of the Czech government's work in the area, on Thursday 28 October at LSE.

The Czech government, after learning about current practice abroad including the British model decided to set up the TRANS Unit at the Czech Foreign Ministry (MFA) in June 2004 to promote human rights and democracy in countries in transition. This is intended as the first step towards an independent agency similar to the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

The seminar will consider the TRANS Unit's focus on countries in transition, emerging democracies and human rights affairs. It will examine the relationship between the new department and People in Need and other NGOs, and consider how joint projects contribute to the development of transition nations.

Speakers will compare the current situation in the Czech Republic with the British model, using human rights programmes as a case study.

Speaking are:

  • Gabriela Dlouhá, who heads the TRANS Unit at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • David French, chief executive of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
  • Tomáš Pojar, director of People in Need.

Human Rights and Democracy is a State of Transition: how the Czech Republic has fared is on Thursday 28 October at 1.15pm in D502, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.


To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|  


This event is organised by LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Details of research and forthcoming events can be found at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/human-rights/| 

The TRANS Unit's programmes and activities follow official foreign policy of the Czech government and support independent organisations in their related aims. The department's work reflects the fact that, 13 years after democracy returned to the Czech Republic, the country is now the biggest humanitarian aid donor of all post-communist countries.

People in Need (PINF) has been always in forefront of humanitarian aid, human rights and civil society issues, and has initiated many programmes and campaigns, and consulted the Czech government frequently on these issues.

Westminster Foundation for Democracy funds projects around the world which are aimed at building and strengthening pluralist democracies. This includes political parties, parliaments or other representative institutions, human rights groups, independent media, women's organisations and NGOs. The foundation works closely with all the political parties in the Westminster parliament.

21 October 2004