Acquainting persons who were granted refugee status on the territory of the Republic of Serbia with Serbian culture, history and Constitution

October 22, 2018

Donor: Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia

Duration: July 2018 – December 2018

Belgrade Centre for Human Rights conducts a program for acquainting persons who were granted refugee status on the territory of the Republic of Serbia with Serbian culture, history and Constitution by means of the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia in accordance with the Decree on the manner of inclusion in the social, cultural and economic life of persons who were granted asylum. The training program lasts 30 hours and covers the fields of geography, history, culture, human rights and constitutional order. For persons who do not speak Serbian, a translation into Arabic is provided. In addition to training in the classroom, thematic visits to museums such as the National Museum, the Ethnographic Museum and institutions such as the National Assembly, the Ombudsman and the National TV are envisaged. The basic part of the training is conducted in the House of Human Rights and Democracy.

The fifth memorable lecture dedicated to prof. Dr. Vojin Dimitrijević

October 12, 2018

Fifth memorial lecture dedicated to prof. Dr. Vojin Dimitrijević was organized in Human Rights House. This year’s lecture titled “The Need to Fight for Human Rights” was held by Prof. dr. Mandred Nowak.

Manfred Nowak is a professor of international law and human rights at the University of Vienna and Secretary General of the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC). Professor Nowak was UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2004-2010), UN Expert on Missing Persons in the Former Yugoslavia (1994-1997) and Judge of the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina (1996-2003). Currently, as an independent expert, he is leading the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

Vojin Dimitrijevic, a professor of international law and director of the Belgrade Center for Human Rights, died on 5 October 2012.  Vojin Dimitrijevic was not only one of the leading experts in the field of international law, human rights and international relations, but also a responsible and active public figure who did not hesitate to invest his personal authority and unwavering engagement for goals that many of us believe are unattainable in Serbia. Vojin Dimitrijevic was one of those intellectuals who considered that their social and political engagement is their essential duty. 

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Art of integration

July 18, 2018

Donor: Embassy of the Netherlands in Belgrade

Duration: September 2017 – December 2018

The goal of this project is to improve the integration of asylum seekers and refugees in Serbia by supporting Serbian Government in the process of including asylum seekers and refugees in education system and labor market.

When it comes to activities that will lead to the fulfillment of this aim, the project entails a study visit of BCHR’s associates and Government officials to the Netherlands which will be organized by the Dutch Council for Refugees (DCR), ne two day training and  two roundtables for Serbian institutions engaged in education and labor market whereby DCR experts will show educational model and best practices for including refugees in labor market applied in the Netherlands.

The project will serve as a basis for facilitation of networking and to initiate dialog between the business sector and civil society organization about migration and asylum issues, particularly the role business community and employers could play in social integration and economical empowerment of refugees in Serbia.

The project will encompass artistic workshops and performance made jointly by Serbian youngsters and young asylum seekers/beneficiaries of international protection. These artistic activities will serve Serbian youngsters and foreigners as a platform for cross cultural exchange and it will facilitate social cohesion.

The play along with  knowledge attained during the study visit, and roundtables organized for relevant stakeholders should serve as a strong advocacy tool for the proper integration of asylum seekers and refugees in the educational system.