Online Festival of Democracy 2020

October 30, 2020

We kicked off the accompanying program of the Forum 2000 Conference, Festival of democracy, on Friday October 9, 2020, with the online discussion „New World Emerging?“. The day after, on October 10, we followed up with the debate on „The role of human rights in foreign policy“ which was, among others, attended by the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tomáš Petříček. This event was organized in cooperation with the Political Science Club FSS CUNI.

The Czech Republic is often wrongly criticised within international organisations. The way we speak out in the Human Rights Council in Geneva, in the OSCE and in other organisations is very good and our statements are strong. The performance of the Czech Republic is underestimated.“

Veronika Mítková
Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, People in Need

In The run of the month, there were many more interesting and fruitful online discussions taking place, including e.g. the one on Monday, October 12 under the title „Should Statues Stand: Should we remember our pasts and honour the legacies of controversial heroes?“ in cooperation with the Anglo-American University. We also debated where the human rights stand in 21st century – in times of AI and digitalization – together with Anna Šabatová, former Ombudsman, Director of Amnesty International Czechia, Linda Sokačová or Executive director of People in Need, Šimon Pánek.

You can watch all of the stream recordings on our Facebook page.

Also, stay tuned for the last event of the Festival which will symbolically end on November 17, 2020 – on the International Students’ Day.