Human rights represent a longstanding priority of Czech foreign policy. The policy focuses on human rights mechanisms, civil society, including human rights defenders, freedom of opinion and expression, including freedom of the media, participation, the rule of law, equality and non-discrimination, and human rights in employment and the environmental context.
Since 1989, human rights have been at the center of Czech foreign policy, being initially represented by the larger-than-life figure of Václav Havel.
Since then, human rights have become part and parcel of Czech foreign policy. Whether it is the repression of ethnic minorities or the jailing of journalists and opposition leaders in undemocratic regimes, the Czech Republic is always a vocal advocate for the oppressed.