Support to refugees and asylum seekers in the Republic of Serbia

Donor: UNHCR

Duration: January 2017 – December 2017

With support of the UNHCR Office in Belgrade, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights will continue to provide free professional legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in Serbia. Despite the fact that the Asylum Act prescribes the right to free legal aid in the asylum procedure, which is not provided by the state. Thus specialized non-governmental organisation took over the role of providing legal counseling and necessary information as a prerequisite for enjoying  rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Serbia guaranteed by the Asylum Act.

In cooperation with Serbian Commissariat for refugees and migration, the BCHR field teams will continue to monitor situation in asylum centres and report to UNHCR, relevant state institutions and other NGOs on needs of asylum seekers.

The BCHR will advocate for improvements and changes when it comes to access to asylum procedure and functionality of asylum system. Additionally, efforts would be made to advocate for better mechanisms for integration of persons who were granted asylum in Serbia particularly, considering that this topic was neglected since the adoption of the Asylum Act in 2008.

Working with the UNHCR and relevant state institutions the BCHR will also focus on realization of programmes and measures envisaged in by-law on integration of persons granted international protection into social, economic and cultural life in Serbia, which was adopted in December 2016.

The BCHR will continue to cooperate with state institutions in order to support and enhance their capacities through seminars, trainings, workshops and publications.

Cooperation with Ombudsperson will to be continued through National Preventive Mechanism within the project, adding to activities for protection of rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

In cooperation with relevant organisations and media the BCHR will advocate for professional and responsible reporting on asylum and migration topic.

Promoting accountable and professional reporting on issues of rights of migrants and refugees

Donor: OXFAM

Duration: January – May 2017

The project will support building capacity of young professionals, media and general public to influence and contribute to the establishment of accessible, transparent and effective democratic systems that support the democratic application and enforcement of the rule of law, which is sensitive to issues of human rights of migrants and refugees. (more…)

Making a Difference for Refugee Children in Europe

Donor: International Rescue Committee / DFID UK Aid
Duration: July 2016 – June 2017

This project envisages strengthening the capacity of local and national institutions in Serbia in terms of protection of the unaccompanied minors among migrants and refugees. Special focus will be put on those who are not entering the asylum system of Serbia and thus cannot use any of the available protection services reserved for registered asylum seekers. During the implementation period, the BCHR will provide the UAC refugees and migrants with information and legal advise and will also assist in cases of foster parenting. (more…)

Migrant and Refugee Crisis in Western Balkan Countries

Donor: OXFAM

Duration: August 2016 – October 2016

Within this project the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights has prepared a legal analysis of the Asylum Act from a gender perspective. The analysis was presented at the round table in the House of Human Rights and Democracy with the participation of local and international CSOs dealing with the rights of women and the protection of refugees.  (more…)

Protection Response in Dimitrovgrad

Donator: International Rescue Committee and OSF
Duration: February 2016 – August 2016


The aim of the project was to provide consistent protection monitoring and a referral mechanism in the area where this was not available. The BCHR worked on achieving improvement in three main areas – the coordination of IRC partners in protection issues in Dimitrovgrad, building a referral mechanism, and strengthening local capacities. (more…)

Support to Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Serbia

Donor: UNHCR

Duration: January 2016 – December 2016

Throughout 2016, the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights has continued to provide free and professional legal aid to refugees and asylum-seekers on Serbian territory, with support from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as it has been doing since 2012. In spite of the fact that the Law on Asylum foresees the right to free legal aid in the asylum procedure, the state itself has not secured such aid, leaving it to civil society to provide refugees with free legal aid and information, these being prerequisites for enjoying the rights they are entitled to in our country. (more…)