Patterns of discrimination in Montenegro: 2022 survey reflects the need to continue the work towards social cohesion, overcome divisions

2 December 2022 Podgorica

From 2010 to 2022, the estimated percentage of residents of Montenegro who felt discriminated has significantly decreased: by 11.2% for perceived discrimination on the grounds of nationality, by 8.7% on the grounds of religious affiliation and by 7.2% on the grounds of political beliefs. The only...

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Workshop for lawyers on freedom of expression: case studies and legal reasoning, held in Serbia

2 December 2022 Vrdnik

Under the joint European Union/Council of Europe action “Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Serbia (JUFREX 2)” a follow up workshop for lawyers was organised on 30 November and 1 December, in Vrdnik, Serbia. The event was conceived as an enhanced learning opportunity for lawyers...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Patterns of discrimination in Montenegro: 2022 research results to be presented on Friday

1 December 2022 Podgorica

The results of a new survey on trends in the field of discrimination in Montenegro will be presented at a public conference on Friday, 2 December 2022, from 09:00 to 11:00, at the Hotel VERDE in Donja Gorica, Podgorica. This is the sixth comprehensive survey of the kind on discrimination...

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"Block the hatred. Share the love!” campaign in Serbia highlighted the crucial role of young people in social cohesion

1 December 2022 Belgrade

The seven months of the implementation of the „Block the hatred. Share the love!” campaign in Serbia have highlighted the crucial role played by young people in combating hate speech and promoting the cohesion of the society they live in. This was one of the key messages of the final Steering...

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The European Union and the Council of Europe supported an International Human Rights Conference in Serbia marking the 2022 EuroPride, which hosted more than 500 participants

November 2022 Belgrade

The civil society organisation Civil Rights Defenders from Belgrade completed a four-month long project aimed at supporting civil society to better network at regional level to combat hate speech. The project was supported by the European Union and the Council of Europe, through the scope of the...

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Roma Democratic Development Association (RDDA) SONCE organised a regional conference and open days on tackling hate speech in North Macedonia

November 2022 North Macedonia

The NGO Roma Democratic Development Association (RDDA) SONCE completed their four-month long project on tackling hate speech in the Western Balkans. The project was supported by the European Union and the Council of Europe, through the framework of the action on ‘Promotion of diversity and...

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New HELP course on “Access to justice for women” is now available

29 November 2022 Ankara

The course “Access to justice for women” in Turkish language has been published on the HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals Programme) platform providing the latest developments at both Council of Europe and European Union level. The European Union and Council of Europe’s joint...

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Block the hatred. Share inclusion! Students in Pljevlja against discrimination

23 November 2022 Pljevlja

Providing a space for young people to voice their opinions, discuss the challenges they face in their local communities is essential for building a more inclusive society, free from discrimination. This was highlighted at a workshop for students that took place in Pljevlja on 23 November as a...

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The fight against hate speech remains high on the agenda of the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality

28 November 2022 Arandjelovac

Within the frame of the European Union and the Council of Europe action on "Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia", in the period from 25 to 26 November 2022 in the City of Arandjelovac, a two-day seminar was organised for employees of the Professional Service of the Commissioner for the...

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Civil society organisations working on women's rights came together on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2022 Ankara

Domestic violence against women is a human rights violation that knows no geographical, age, race or class boundaries. The European Union and the Council of Europe’s joint actions “Fostering women’s access to justice in Turkey” and “ROMACTED-II Promoting Good Governance and Roma Empowerment at...

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Training on strategic litigation for women’s rights

21 - 22 November 2022 Ankara

Legal aid and assistance play a vital role in eliminating the barriers and supporting women to exercise their rights as equal citizens. In this respect, the European Union and the Council of Europe’s joint action on “Fostering women’s access to justice in Turkey” has organised a two-day training...

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Albanian authorities supported in addressing the segregation of Roma children in education institutions

22 November 2022 Korça

Representatives from local and central institutions, were part of the co-ordination meeting organised in Korça with the support of the EU and Council of Europe, to discuss concrete measures for the inclusion of Roma and Egyptian children in education. The event was organised in view of a recent...

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Call for tenders: Purchase of printers for the Ministry of Justice of North Macedonia

24 November 2022 North Macedonia

Within the framework of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”, the Council of Europe is currently implementing the action on Supporting enhanced access to higher quality free legal aid (FLA) services in North...

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Ministry of Education of Serbia established a network of external advisors on democratic school culture

16 - 18 November 2022 Vrnjacka Banja

Ministry of Education of the Republic of Serbia has established an external network of advisors on democratic school culture that will deliver a number of trainings for education professionals and teachers in their school districts and serve as focal points on the topic. The first working meeting...

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The European Union and the Council of Europe supported the 26th generation of the Human Rights School in Montenegro, this year with a focus on hate speech

22 November 2022 Montenegro

"My expectations from the School were over met. It was very educational and interactive with great lecturers“. By these words, one participant described his impressions about the participation in the 26th generation of the Human Rights School organised by the partner NGO Centre for Civic...

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Albanian Training Center for Prison staff receives technical equipment to deliver online trainings

18 November 2022 Tirana

Some 4500 prison staff are anticipated to benefit from the delivery of online initial and continuous trainings, following the donation of the technical equipment to the Training Center for Prison staff located at the Directorate General of Prison Administration of Albania. At the launching event...

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Law on access to state compensation for victims of human trafficking adopted in North Macedonia

16 November 2022 Skopje

The Parliament of North Macedonia adopted the Law on State Compensation for Victims of Violent Crimes (the Law). The EU and Council of Europe joint action “Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking in North Macedonia” continuously supported the Ministry of Justice to prepare this Law since 2017,...

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Strengthening capacities of the Judicial Training Centre to deliver training on procedural safeguards

25 - 26 October 2022 Budva

A training of trainers on procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings was organised in Budva, with the aim to strengthen the capacities of domestic trainers (judges and prosecutors) to deliver training on procedural rights and to ensure their short-term and long-term evaluation. The training...

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Round table on revisions of the Criminal Procedure Code took place in Montenegro

8 - 9 September 2022 Petrovac

A round table was organised in Petrovac with the aim to finalise the draft amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and further align them with the EU legislation (transposition of EU directives), and the relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) concerning procedural...

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North Macedonia’s medical and other prison staff trained on mental healthcare provision

16-17 November 2022 North Macedonia

Eight doctors and medical personnel, alongside with ten prison officers working in six penitentiary institutions in North Macedonia enhanced their knowledge on mental healthcare management in prisons. This two-day session took place on 16-17 November 2022 in Skopje – the first ever such training...

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