DEMAS – Association for Democracy Assistance and Human Rights

DEMAS, an independent platform of Czech non-governmental organisations (NGOs), was established in 2008. The founding membership comprises 11 NGOs that have over many years demonstrated their commitment to the support of democracy assistance, human rights and civil society in the Czech Republic and abroad.


FORUM 2000 conference

The 23rd FORUM 2000 conference ’Recovering the promise of 1989’ starts this Sunday. Conference programme and information about the accompanying Festival of Democracy including the panels and events organized by DEMAS member organizations can be found on the FORUM2000 webpage.

New at Transitions Online

Around the Bloc 1-7 October | Bulgaria and Japan Celebrate Their Surprising Links | Society: Marshal Konev Statue Poised to Retreat? | Stuck in the Middle | Notes on a Scandal | Editors’ Pick: Being Yezidi | Praising Stillness Amid the Whirlwind and other pieces from the TOL archive.

INVITATION: The new European Commission – What to expect?

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy together with the Institute for International Relations and the Permanent Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic would like to cordially invite you to the debate titled “The new European Commission – What to expect?” which will be held on Wednesday 9th of October 2019 from 15:00 to 16:30 at the European House (Jungmannova 24, Prague 1).

New at Transitions Online

Around the Bloc 24-30 September | Filling the Gap | Dig Deeper in Disinformation Debate | Liberal Overreach and the Misinterpretation of 1989 | A Slippery Slope | Drama of the Polish Outsider | Editors’ Pick from the ToL archive: Tobacco and Tomfoolery | The Disinformation Conundrum and more.

DEMAS joins the statement ’5 recommendations for EU leadership on democracy’ initiated by the European Partnership on Democracy

We call on the new European Commission (including the High Representative), the new European Parliament as well as European governments to undertake the 5 following actions: 1. Prioritize democracy, 2. Develop a democracy support policy, 3. Define democracy support, 4. Adapt funding rules to democratisation, 5. Put people on democracy.

New articles on the ToL website

Environment: Russia’s $150 Billion Bet on Arctic Warming | ‘Armenia First’: Behind the Rise of Armenia’s Alt-Right Scene | Migrants Suffer in Bosnian Bottleneck | Migrants Suffer in Bosnian Bottleneck | Disinformation and Disinterest in the Czech Republic | Around the Bloc 30 August – 5 September | EDITORS’ PICK from the archive.