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Calls "Current human rights issues"

Calls "Current Issues in Human Rights" is a CHR project that seeks to generate an impetus for public debate on the protection of human rights. Within its framework, CHR members will highlight current human rights issues and provide a perspective on the issue from the legal discourse.

Policy Paper "Recommendations to the Public Authorities of the Czech Republic Regarding Crimes Against Humanity and the Uyghur Genocide the Uyghur Genocide in the People's Republic of China

Lenka Hanušová, Magdaléna Milbachová, Sára Eva Neničková , Helena Šmolková

October 2023

The Uyghurs represent a Turkic ethnic group, predominantly practicing Islam, residing primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as part of the People's Republic of China. The current relationship between the Uyghur minority and the PRC is characterized by systematic violations of human rights by the PRC, reaching a level of intensity that led observers to raise concerns of ongoing crimes against humanity and arguable genocide. To strengthen the response from the Czech Republic, or rather the international community, this policy paper was created. It was authored by students of the Faculty of Law, Charles University. 

Corporal punishment of children

in the Czech Republic


Zuzana Vanýsková - October 2022 

In the winter of 2022, the new Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Marian Jurečka, surprised the public with his statement that an "educational slap" to a child will help define boundaries and therefore he does not want to ban corporal punishment for parents. He stirred up a debate that had seemed essentially non-existent for several years. The social debate has gone in different directions, with a part of the public objecting to Jureček's statements, but a part of society still sees corporal punishment as an inherent part of child-rearing that cannot be dispensed with.

Social protection in turbulent times

Kristina Koldinská - September 2022 

The Czech Republic, along with the whole of Europe and the whole world, is currently facing challenges that have not been faced in our region for generations, or that are completely new and unprecedented. We are referring here to phenomena such as climate change, which is creating and will continue to create millions of so-called climate refugees; the extraordinary growth of populism and a culture of disinformation (it is sometimes said that we are living in a post-information world), which risks further dividing society and increasing violence, with the growth of social pathologies and social exclusion; the energy crisis, whose impact will be felt first by the poorest and most vulnerable households; or the pandemic, which may soon be replaced by another, similar one, and which has created unprecedented pressure not only on health systems.

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