Mission Statement

The mission of the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Democracy is to study and explore the politics of human rights, the processes of democratization in societies that were once under autocratic governments, and the experiences of societies currently in transition around the world. Our experiential basis and point of departure is Eastern and Central Europe, the home of Václav Havel. Our ambition is to foster partnerships, international dialogue and greater global exchange in the areas of human rights, democratization and diplomacy.