The Balkan Refugee and Migration Council: Making a pathway for a common Western Balkan migration policy 

Donor: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia

Duration: November 2018 – November 2021

The activities of the Balkan Refugee and Migration Council are aimed at creating a common Western Balkan migration policy, with the goal of providing a coordinated response to common challenges, in line with EU law and international human rights standards. (more…)

Constituencies for Judicial Reform in Serbia

Donor: USAID
Duration: January 7th, 2019 – January 6th, 2022
Project Leader: Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM


About the project

The overall objective of the USAID supported „Constituencies for Judicial Reform in Serbia“ project, is to strengthen citizens’ confidence in the work of judicial institutions in the Republic of Serbia by improving communication between the citizens and the judiciary.

The Project is implemented by a coalition of 12 organizations engaged in human rights and the development of democracy, as well as professional judicial associations:

  1. Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM);
  2. European Policy Centre (CEP);
  3. Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors in Serbia;
  4. The Network of the Committee for Human Rights in Serbia (CHRIS Network);
  5. Judges’ Association of Serbia;
  6. Transparency Serbia;
  7. Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP);
  8. Partners for Democratic Change Serbia (Partners Serbia);
  9. Belgrade Centre for Human Rights,
  10. Judicial Research Center (CEPRIS);
  11. National Parliament Leskovac;
  12. Forum of Judges of Serbia.

One of the three main goals that the project aims to achieve is to establish proactive relationship between the representatives of the judiciary and the citizens and their better acquaintance with the system itself, which would help citizens to better meet and understand their rights, as well as how to reach them. The project aims to establish this type of relationship through several channels of communication with citizens, which have been adapted to the different social structure of the population, age and education level. This includes communication through a digital platform, digital media and blog posts, as well as through local councils in 15 cities and municipalities in Serbia. Led by the spirit of developed democracies, the project wants to adopt the principle of open dialogue between citizens and the judiciary, and to encourage their greater engagement in local communities. The task of the project is to help citizens to understand their rights, guaranteed by the Constitution, and also to inform citizens how the judicial system works and how judges and prosecutors make fair and rational decisions.

The second goal of the project involves organizations to work on researching and detecting the primary needs of citizens in their everyday practice with the judiciary in Serbia. This activity will try to understand and investigate citizens’ reasons for low level of trust in the judicial system, widely monitoring citizens’ experiences in meeting with the judiciary. As a result of this activity, the coalition on the project will create three comprehensive reports that would serve as a mean of further public policies formulation that support citizens’ needs.

The last goal of the project is to raise the accountability and integrity of judicial institutions. The project aims to work with judicial and civil society stakeholders to enhance the integrity and accountability of judicial institutions through an improved methodology of integrity plans and an open procedure for appeals and free citizens’ complaints, making them more transparent, more accessible and engaging citizens themselves.

Human Rights Law School

Donors: Federal Foreign Office via Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Belgrade and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Belgrade

Duration of the School: 2 November – 3 December 2018

Belgrade Centre for Human Rights once again organised Human Rights Law School which represents an intensive 60-hour course on the notion of human rights, restrictions and derogations, prohibition of discrimination, the right to life, the right to liberty and security of person, the right to a fair trial, freedom of expression, economic, social and cultural rights, minority rights, and other human rights. (more…)

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

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.

Art of integration

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.

Anonymous Hatred

Donor: Open Society Foundation, Serbia
Duration: 1 November 2017 – 31 October 2018

                The objective of the “Anonymous Hatred” project is to raise the awareness of expert and general public about the span of hate speech as a form of discrimination, on informative Internet portals and social networks, as well as formulating proposals for improving existing mechanisms for determining the responsibility and punishment policy for hate speech. (more…)