Analyses and publications

Civil Society and Human Rights

  • On 5 March 2020, DEMAS, in cooperation with the Hungarian branch of PILnet, European pro bono network, organised two roundtable discussions on the current challenges to civil society (not only) in the Czech Republic. Close to thirty representatives of the nonprofit sector, government, academia and business participated in discussions on promoting civil society through pro bono private sector services and civic engagement of young people and students. You can find two briefing papers summarising the main points of the two discussions.
  • CEVRO Democracy Guide – This practical guide is chronicling the democratic transition experience of different countries to help reformers, who are in charge of democratization processes in their home countries, to deal with issues involving security services during transition. 
  • NGOs and the Judiciary – Watchdog Activities, Interactions, Collaboration, Communication – The report establishes key recommendations and good practice guidance for civil society organizations that are engaged in monitoring of the judiciary and judicial function. The recommendations have general applicability well outside the context of Central and Eastern Europe and are models for NGO watchdog activities, and for NGO interaction with the judiciary (CEELI Institute).
  • Amnesty International policy on state obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of sex workersAmnesty International’s policy is the culmination of extensive worldwide consultations, a considered review of substantive evidence and international human rights standards and first-hand research, carried out over more than two years.
  • „REFUGEES WELCOME INDEX“ Amnesty – Based on a global survey conducted by GlobeScan Incorporated among more than 27 thousand people from 27 countries, the Refugees Welcome Index rates countries based on people´s willingness to accept refugees in their own country, their cities, neighbourhoods and homes.
  • Czechs Weigh Human Rights Against Business –  An analysis by the Inter Press Service features Director of the Forum 2000 Foundation Jakub Klepal discussing the importance of a principled policy on human rights as part of Czech foreign policy.

Czech Foreign Policy

Eastern partnership

European Union


  • HRDN “Do’s and Don’ts” for the EP on HRDs – The European Parliament is a great ally of human rights defenders worldwide, with many individual cases mentioned in the monthly urgency resolutions, and declarations by individual MEPs or Chairs. But can the EP do more in its public diplomacy on HRDs? Read more in HRDN’s paper on “Do’s and Don’ts for the EP on HRDs.

Visegrad Cooperation

  • France and the V4 in a multi-speed Europe: rough times ahead?  Martin Michelot (EUROPEUM), in his latest policy paper, explores the relationship of France and the Visegrad group from a perspective of Macron’s strategies, a possible multi-speed scenario and a political Franco-German axis, outlining the long-term prospect of cooperation.
  • Rethinking V4’s Eurozone Dilemmas after the UK Referendum What are the current views of the members of the V4 group on the Eurozone-related topics? Where are the problems and how to solve them?  Five authors from the V4 members sum up their countries’ opinions in this policy paper. They explain specifics about their country’s position and suggest future development. (AMO)
  • Will Brexit hurt investments in CEE countries? What is the so-called Anglophone discourse on the FDIs flow which can be spotted in the debate on the British EU membership? What is the difference between FDIs and trade exchange? And how could British departure from the EU influence the existing structure of the investment chain? The role of British companies in the transfer of FDIs in the CEE region is examined by Kryštof Kruliš (AMO) in his policy paper.
  • Understanding New Polish Intermarium: Trap or Triumph for the Visegrad Group? Vít Dostál (AMO) in his policy paper studies ideological foundations of the new Polish policy towards Central Europe and examines the content of concrete sectoral initiatives which will be prioritized. Will PL V4 PRES bring anything revolutionary in its program?
  • Poland and the Czech Republic: Advocates of the EU Enlargement? A joint publication by EUROPEUM and demosEUROPA in Warsaw, dealing with the perspectives of future EU enlargement and Poland as the Czech Republic as possible proponents of the continuing expansion of the EU.


Understanding New Polish Intermarium: Trap or Triumph for the Visegrad Group?