Who are we?
The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights is a non-partisan, non-political and non-profit association of citizens concerned with the advancement of theory and practice of human rights. It assembles persons of various professions and backgrounds – jurists, attorneys, sociologists, economists, writers, teachers, students and entrepreneurs. They contribute to the mission of the Centre by their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.
How long does the Centre exist?
The principal goals of the Centre are advancement of knowledge in the field of human rights and humanitarian law, development of democracy, strengthening of the rule of law and the civil society in Serbia and other countries in transition from authoritarianism to democracy. In the twenty years of its existence the Centre has endeavoured to raise the consciousness of the citizens on the importance and dimensions of the idea of human rights and individual freedoms and to establish a favourable climate for their full respect and enjoyment.
The most important fields of the work of the Centre are:
- Public promotional activities (lectures, manifestations, public debates, film and radio productions, etc.)
- Drafting model laws and projects for the reform and improvement of state institutions
- Reporting on the state of enjoyment of human rights
- Humanitarian assistance
- Co-operation with national and international organisations and institutions active in the field of promotion of human rights, rule of law and democracy
- Providing legal assistance to asylum seekers
- Active involvement in the process of european integration
- Support of volunteerism
Raison d’ ệtre of the Centre
- Conviction that all human beings must be equal before the law.
- Belief that democracy implies full participation of citizens and in the decision making process.
- The need to develop critical attitudes of mature citizens.
- Conviction that the civil society has to be constantly developed and energetically defended.
Prizes and awards
For its services and advancement of human rights, the Centre received in October 2000 the prestigious Bruno Kreisky Award. In recognition for its educational work the Centre was admitted to the Associations of Human Rights Institutes.