“News from the past” – historical illusions: misconceptions about the past and their social and political effects

December 30, 2010

delegacija eu u srbiji

Delagation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia (EIDHR)

Donor: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia

Duration of project: January 2010- January 2011

The main goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of mythical elements of the understanding of the past and thereby to eliminate the “curse of history” which has been affecting Serbia and its neighbours in the last decade of the 1990s and has dominated much of political thinking and decision making thereafter. The aim of  BCHR is not to study the attitudes of the public and the shared images of the past and to wonder about their origin and seek explanations for their existence but to try to replace mythical images of the past by their real understanding of the past events. In other words, much of the teaching of history and the use of history for political aims has been based on the understanding of history as a vehicle for the establishment and preservation of national identity, for enhancing national pride and self-confidence and not for the transmission of objective and scientifically verified presentation of the past. (more…)

Promoting accountable and professional reporting on issues of organised crime, war crimes, discrimination and domestic violence

December 29, 2010

Donor: The Balkan Trust – The Project of the German Marshall Fund

Duration of project: May 2010 – June 2011

After two years of monitoring and reporting on the activities of state institutions and media in the fields of organised crime, war crimes, discrimination and domestic violence (more…), the BCHR has concluded that the process of advocacy should be expanded to include not only stakeholders but also the general public. Since the best way to influence public opinion is through media, we believe that building the professional capacity of journalists as “watchdogs of democracy” should be the focus of the future activities of the BCHR in the above-mentioned four fields. (more…)

Monitoring and Reporting About the Implementation of International Obligations

December 22, 2010

Monitoring the implementation of human rights obligations of the State is one of the main activities of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights. The Centre monitors and reports on respect for human rights in our country, most notably through its annual human rights report, in which it analyses national human rights legislation and its compatibility with international standards in the field, above all with the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The reports also give an overview of how the human rights are implemented in practice. (more…)

Crimes and Punishment in the Minds of People – the Internalisation of the ICTY Legacy

Donor: UK Secretary for the State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affaires

Duration of project: September 2010 – March 2012

Belgrade Center for Human Rights is implementing two year project focused on improvement of knowledge and change of attitudes towards the ICTY and war crimes among different stakeholders.
Trough great variety of activities project is targeting both expert and general public. BCHR will produce and distribute publication aimed at tackling a number of stereotypes and misconceptions among general public about the ICTY and war crimes issues, publication will be printed and distributed to all relevant stakeholders – ministers, members of parliament, scholars, prosecutors, judges, journalists, media editors, students, and will be made available in electronic form at the websites of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and the OSCE Mission to Serbia. (more…)

Human Rights as the Means of Involving Young People in Community Affairs

Donor: Olof Palmes International Centrum

Duration of project: January 2010 – December 2010

This project is the continuiation of the previous projects the Centre has implemented with the support form the Olof Palmes International Centrum. Like during the previous years, it consists of two modules. Module I is to conducted from January until July 2010 and the goal of this Module is to provide specific education to high school students in selected Serbian towns – Ub, Obrenovac, Belgrade and Valjevo. In this Module 150 young people age 16 – 19 will be included and they will receive training in human rights, environmental issues and involvement in the decision making process in their local communities. The result of this part of Module I will be creation and implementation of local campaigns on environmental issues by students who have attended the trainings. (more…)