Fifteen judges from Bosnia and Herzegovina attended a comprehensive training of trainers course on European anti-discrimination standards, where all forms of gender-based violence (Istanbul Convention), as well as other forms of discrimination and inequality, were tackled. Ms Amra Kazic, advisor to the Ombudspersons, briefed the participants on the scale of the discrimination cases dealt by the Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman of Bosnia and Herzegovina and called for joint efforts of the judiciary and the institution in combating all forms of discrimination. In addition to the substantive part, the training focused also on the learning methodology, techniques and tools, communication and presentation skills, etc.
The aim of the training is to increase the available pool of trainers of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Training Centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina for this thematic area, as well as reinforcing a dialogue and co-operation of the judiciary with the Human Rights Ombudsman.
The three-day training of trainers run from 29 November to 1 December 2017 in Mostar, as part of the Action “Strengthening the Human Rights Ombudsman to fight discrimination”. The latter is part of the Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey, a joint programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe which runs for three years (May 2016 – May 2019). It focuses on three themes: ensuring justice, fighting corruption, economic crime and organised crime, and combating discrimination and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups.