DEMAS – Association for Democracy Assistance and Human Rights

DEMAS is an association of Czech NGOs focused on promoting democracy, fundamental human rights, civil society, rule of law and good governance abroad.

We provide a platform for cooperation, coordination, and sharing information and experience related to the Czech transformation cooperation. We create bridges between our member organizations, the government, the academia and the business sector in value-based foreign policy issues.

More information about the platform can be found in the “About us” section or in our electronic info leaflet here.


What is Transformation Cooperation?

Transformation Cooperation is focused on promoting human rights, democracy, civil society, good governance, and free media abroad. It is an official part of Czech foreign policy, which builds upon the Czech Republic’s specific experience with building democracy and resistance to totalitarianism, and is implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. This cooperation is offered mainly to countries with cultural, geographical, historical, or other links to the Czech Republic. Priority targets include Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Cuba, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine, and Vietnam. However, our member organizations also work in many other countries in Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Central and Southeast Asia.

Our Goals


Promoting democracy and human rights around the world

Contribute to the society-wide promotion of democracy and human rights and advocate for their place in Czech and European foreign policy.

Strengthening Czech transformation cooperation

Make Czech transformation cooperation more effective.

Collaboration and sharing / creating synergies

To facilitate the exchange of information and experience between member organizations, the government, the academia, and the private sector.


Latest Posts

  • THE CEELI INSTITUTE’S 2023 ANNUAL REPORT IS OUT

    THE CEELI INSTITUTE’S 2023 ANNUAL REPORT IS OUT

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    Explore the full annual report to read more about the impact of our work and the inspiring stories of individuals and organizations striving for justice in challenging environments.


  • Forum 2000 April Bulletin

    Forum 2000 April Bulletin

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    Forum 2000 Award winner Zhang Zhan is due to be released from prison on May 13, New Perspective in Senegal, Forum 2000 Award winner Vladimir Kara-Murza: A hostage of Putin´s regime, The electoral process for Venezuela’s presidency is riddled with irregularities, How can the EU help strengthen democracy and respect…


  • The CEELI Institute is opening a new position

    The CEELI Institute is opening a new position

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    Events coordinator position opening in The CEELI Institute


  • DEMAS signed the Joint statement on the European Commission’s 2024 Rule of Law Report

    DEMAS signed the Joint statement on the European Commission’s 2024 Rule of Law Report

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    On March 27th, DEMAS together with other 37 civil society organizations, signed the joint statement on the European Commission’s 2024 Rule of Law Report


  • Forum 2000 March Bulletin

    Forum 2000 March Bulletin

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    Latin America and Europe facing growing authoritarianism, Democratic Solidarity Africa Called for Preservation of Democratic Processes in Senegal, Forum 2000 Conference will focus on the current challenges faced by democracy