Invitation for conference INCLUSION LIVE – TOWARD INCLUSIVE YOUTH POLICIES

June 7, 2018

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On behalf of three national alliances, the National Association of Youth Workers, the National Youth Council of Serbia and the National Association of Youth Offices, the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) has the honour to invite you to the conference “Inclusion Live – Toward Inclusive Youth Policies”, which will take place  in the Belgrade Hall of the Palace of Serbia on 19 June 2018. The conference is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia. 

The one-day conference, organised as a final event of the project “Inclusion Live”,  will rally  the relevant stakeholders implementing the 2015-2025 National Youth Strategy  (NYS) goals, who will focus on active youth participation and inclusion of vulnerable youth groups. The conference participants will have the opportunity to exchange views and formulate practical conclusions, which will contribute to the further institutional development of inclusive youth policies, in line with the basic NYS principles: Respect for human and minority rights, equality and anti-discrimination and Equal opportunities for all, and to the achievement of the NYS strategic goals regarding support to the social inclusion of youth at risk of exclusion and their  active participation.

The conference language is Serbian. Simultaneous interpretation to and from English and sign language will be provided.

Travel cost reimbursements are available for a limited number of participants not living in Belgrade. Please feel free to contact us should you need additional support to participate in the conference.

Due to limited capacity, please confirm your attendance to Mrs. Nevena Nikolić by Wednesday, 6 June 2018, by phone (064 82 46 513) or email (prijava@bgcentar.org.rs).

Open Letter to the high representatives of the states participating on the Sofia Summit

May 19, 2018

Open letter to the representatives of the European Union institutions and countries participating in the Summit in Sofia, sent by the coordinators of the National Convention on the EU and the Working Group on Chapter 23 to the participants of the Summit in Sofia can be found HERE.

Bearing in mind the importance of the Sofia Summit for the EU as a timely and high level debate within the EU countries as well as the challenges and opportunities that integrations of the Western Balkans bring to the European Union;

Following the Strategy for the Western Balkans of the European Commission that opens the doors for the countries of our surrounding, along with the time frame and clear perspective of finalizing all the EU integration processes in certain countries and speeding the processes in other countries;

We, the organizations within the National Convention on the EU and the Working Group for the Chapter 23, feel the need to send common message to the leaders of the EU countries, as well as to the leaders of the countries striving toward EU on the utmost importance of the enforcement of rule of law principles, as the ones deeply written in the fundaments of the EU, with clear separation of powers, independent and strong judiciary and prosecution capable of delivering the results in areas, such as fight against corruption and other aspects of crime, fight against discrimination, etc.

 

 

 

Towards a faster and stronger justice for citizens through a better Constitution

May 14, 2018

Venice Commissioners met with the President of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the Ministry of Justice, and representatives of professional associations and civil society organizations to discuss the proposed constitutional amendments.

Since the public is not adequately informed about the past activities of amending the Constitution, the course of the public debate and the content of the proposed amendments, as well as the consequences that these changes would have on citizens of Serbia if adopted, this conference will be used to inform the public about the content of the dialogue between representatives of professional associations and CSOs with representatives of the Venice Commission.

Video from the conference (Serbian language only):
 

Protecting people across borders – NGO statement ahead of the EU-Western Balkans Summit of 17 May 2018

On Thursday 17 May, EU Heads of State are meeting their counterparts from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo) to discuss cooperation in several areas, including migration and security. Following increased arrivals of refugees and migrants to both the Western Balkans and the EU, the issue of border control has gained prominence, resulting in more investments and cooperation agreements between the EU and Western Balkan countries. At the same time refugees and migrants, including children and other vulnerable groups, are facing serious risks in the Western Balkans and in the EU including violence, repeated pushbacks and collective expulsions. In November 2017 a 6-year old girl lost her life after being pushed back from Croatia into Serbia. The EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency mentioned access to the territory as a persistent challenge in its February report on migration, reporting ill treatment by border officials, including physical violence in Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary. Repeated pushbacks were also reported at the Hungarian border. Protecting borders should not come at the expense of protecting people. Ahead of the Western Balkan Summit we call on Heads of States in the EU and in the Western Balkans to address the following concerns and recommendations:

 

  1. Respect for the right to claim asylum
  2. Humane border management and support for victims of trafficking
  3. Safe and regular pathways
  4. Funding for humane and fair asylum systems and integration
  5. Protect civil society organisations working with refugees and migrants

 

Read full statement by:

  • ADRA
  • Asylum Protection Center, Serbia
  • Belgrade Centre for Human Rights
  • Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
  • Bulgarian Red Cross
  • CARE
  • Center for youth integration Serbia
  • Centre for Peace Studies Croatia
  • Croatian Law Centre
  • Danish Refugee Council
  • European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
  • Info Park, Serbia
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Legis, FYROM
  • Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA)
  • Minority Rights Group Europe
  • Oxfam
  • Praxis, Serbia
  • Refugee Aid Serbia
  • Save the Children

Round table “Gender equality on the labor market”

May 10, 2018

Representatives of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights spoke at the round table Gender Inequality in the labor market in Serbia, organized by UNWOMEN Serbia. On this occasion, in order to better understand the role of the non-governmental sector in the economic empowerment of women, we pointed out areas that are of key importance for the economic empowerment of women, which require the joint work of the state and the civil sector. Some of the recommendations concerned the actualization of flexible working hours and measures for reconciliation of professional and family life, campaigns directed at women in agriculture on their rights regarding the inheritance and registration of property in their name, the need to evaluate active employment policy programs and favors programs that are effective from the perspective of women who are included in the labor market, the use of targeted communication strategies aimed at the destruction of gender stereotypes and prejudices, as well as the active participation of the civil sector in actions indicating discriminatory gender practices.

Decision of The Press Council on complaint of BCHR

May 8, 2018

Within the project “Anonymous Hatred”, the Belgrade Center for Human Rights filed a complaint to the Press Council due to the comments on the post on the Facebook page of “Blic” newspaper, in which insulting attitudes towards the LGBT population were highlighted, calling for hatred and violence against LGBT people. The Press Council issued a decision establishing the violation of the Codes of Journalists of Serbia, according to which a journalist must be aware of the danger of discrimination that the media may spread and to do everything to avoid the discrimination based, inter alia, on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin.