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March

The Václav Havel Initiative for Human Rights & Diplomacy is hosted a panel discussion where four distinguished scholars will examine important dimensions of Cuba’s current foreign relations and what these mean for human rights and the process of democratization on the island.

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On February 10, 2014, the Council of European Union Foreign Ministers agreed to start negotiations about a new bilateral agreement with Cuba and notified the EU External Action Service (EEAS) about this decision...

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June

The Václav Havel Initiative for Human Rights & Diplomacy is hosting a panel discussion on "Democratic Transitions in the World of Today: Cuba after the 2015 Summit of the Americas". The panel discussion will lay out the international context in which current transitions are taking place, highlighting elements which are supportive and those which block progress.

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Book review by Paul Wilson, The New York Review. "Havel: A Life, by Michael Zantovsky".

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Martin Palous, former Czech Ambassador to the United Nations and a pivotal figure in the Velvet Revolution, reflects on non-violent democratic revolution and the importance of personal and spiritual commitment. Sponsored by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and the Steven Spielberg film "Lincoln."

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August

The first "Encuentro Nacional Cubano" took place in San Juan August 13-17, 2015 with the objective to provide a place for reflection and dialogue between the opposing groups in Cuba and the exiled anti-Castro organizations.

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September

Read more about the Russian defender of human rights by clicking the title.

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Vaclav Havel Director Martin Palous analyses the important changes happening between Cuba and the International Community in this Essay available in both English and Spanish.

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Vaclav Havel Director Martin Palous will attend Forum 2000, a conference dedicated to exploring and supporting the values of democracy and human rights. Check out the programming and mission of Forum 2000 by clicking the title of this news item!

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October

Pavel Telicka, current EU Parliament Member from the Czech Republic, discussed the on-going negotiations about a new bilateral treaty between the EU and Cuba and focuses especially on the most sensitive aspect of this diplomatic process: the place of human rights and the role of Cuban civil society in it.

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November

Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Yuriy Sergeyev visits FIU

FIU was honored to host Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev on November 3rd. The Ambassador spoke to students and faculty on the current situation in Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea by Russia, the role of the UN, NATO and the international community on the issue and encouraged everyone to work towards a peaceful and just world.

December

Martin Palous, Director of the Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy has written a memo evaluating the situation in Cuba one year after the US change in policy. The memo contains suggestions for both US and EU policy makers and gives speaks about the state of human rights in Cuba.

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Today marks the one year anniversary of the United States change in policy towards Cuba. While debate on the policy shift rages on People In Need, a non-profit center for human rights and democracy, has released a report that aims to shine on light on the Island's current human rights situation.

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The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights & Diplomacy hosted a conversation with Ambassador Michael Žantovský, who is an accomplished diplomat, serving as ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom from 2009-2015, as the Czech Ambassador to the United States and to Israel, as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security of the Senate, as well as President of the Civic Democratic Alliance.

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On November 23, 2015, John F. Stack, Dean Designate of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, and Martin Palous, director of the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, attended a two-day conference in Berlin, titled “Quo Vadis Cuba?” (Where’s Cuba going?). The conference explored relationships between the EU, the U.S. and Cuba and worked to create an environment of better dialogue and communication between all relevant parties.

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Happy Human Rights Day from Martin Palous and the Vaclav Havel Program

On the occasion of Human Rights Day it is important to reflect on the progress humankind has made and on the work that is ahead of us. Sixty-Seven years ago today The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, serving as the backbone for International Human Rights Law ever since. Today those figures who dedicated their lives to the issue of Human Rights and those presently working for Human Rights across the globe deserve our appreciation!