Call for tenders: Purchase of Notebook computers for the Ministry of Justice of North Macedonia

26 October 2021 Skopje

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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Judges and mediators in Montenegro increase their knowledge of alternative dispute resolution standards and best practices

25 - 26 October 2021 Online

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), traditionally represented by arbitration, is one of the key elements of judicial reforms across Council of Europe member states. Because of its benefits in terms of judicial efficiency and cost reduction, ADR is being increasingly used in legal systems in...

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Moot Court competition for law students involved in the legal clinic in Montenegro

26 October 2021 Podgorica

A trial simulation was organised as a part of the legal clinic for law students in Montenegro on 26 October 2021. The moot court was based on case studies concerning domestic violence and parental rights. Over a month, the students have been practicing for the moot court under the supervision of...

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Human Rights Legal Clinic award ceremony held in Montenegro

26 October 2021 Podgorica

Twenty-one law students who successfully completed the Human Rights Legal Clinic were awarded their certificates on 26 October 2021. Over a period of one year, law students from three law faculties in Montenegro have broadened their knowledge on relevant international standards safeguarding the...

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Citizens of North Macedonia informed on Free Legal Aid services and expanding its use

25 October 2021 North Macedonia

Free legal aid is the provision of free legal services for those poor and marginalized people who cannot afford it. The new Law on Free Legal Aid (LFLA) that started its implementation on 1 October 2019 changed the concept of the legal aid system in North Macedonia in general. The LFLA takes more...

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Pilot schools from Montenegro hold “Inclusive Day” celebration online

21 October 2021 Montenegro

This year's celebration of “Inclusive Day” was held on 11 and 13 October 2021. Around 80 high school students from 40 pilot schools in Montenegro chatted about inclusive school and democratic school practices in four separate sessions. Each session was thematically covering various areas of...

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Millennium Bridge in the colours of the campaign on free legal aid for victims of domestic violence

22 October 2021 Podgorica

The Capital City of Podgorica joined the campaign on the free legal aid for victims of domestic violence in Montenegro, by lightening the Millennium Bridge in the purple colour of the campaign. The European Union and the Council of Europe, in co-operation with the Association of Judges, Supreme...

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Cascade training on hate speech for judges, prosecutors, and police representatives of Republika Srpska

21 - 22 October 2021 Teslic

Cascade training on hate speech for the judiciary and police members of Republika Srpska gathered 16 participants. Training on criminal-law aspects of hate speech has been conducted through the discussion on international framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a two-track approach of European Court...

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Efforts towards amending the Law on Judicial Council and Judges in Montenegro resumed

20 October 2021 Podgorica

The first meeting of the newly set up Working Group for drafting amendments to the Law on Judicial Council and Judges took place in Podgorica, under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice, Human and Minority Rights of the Government of Montenegro. The amendments are expected to further enhance...

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Strong co-ordination, efficient public awareness raising and capacity building of frontline workers essential for better identification of victims of trafficking in human beings in Turkey

18 October 2021 Ankara

On the European Anti-trafficking Day (18 October), the team of the joint European Union and the Council of Europe action "Strengthening the human rights protection of migrants and victims of human trafficking in Turkey” had an opportunity to discuss ways to further increase the identification of...

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Workshop on social media communications for representatives of judiciary in Montenegro

19 - 20 October 2021 Podgorica

Social media platforms play an increasingly central part in social life and communication, inevitably touching upon people's lives, with judges and prosecutors being no exception. As stated in Bangalore Principle 4.6, "judge, like any other citizen, is entitled to freedom of expression, belief,...

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Cascade training on defamation for judges of Republika Srpska

19 - 20 October 2021 Teslic

Judges and legal advisors from Republika Srpska (RS), participated in a two-day cascade training on the application of the The Law on Protection against Defamation in the judiciary system of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including understanding and application of European standards as set up by...

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Combating stereotypes and hatred against the LGBTI community in the north of Montenegro

19 October 2021 Berane

During October, the action on “Promotion of diversity and equality in Montenegro”, in co-operation with the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro and local civil society organisations, is organising trainings for police officers on the topic "Fight against hate crimes and the rights of LGBTI...

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Supporting freedom of expression and freedom of the media

July - September 2021 Western Balkans

Journalists, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, police officers and many other actors play a key role in preservation of the freedom of expression and freedom of the media in every society. Raising the capacities of these actors and creating new synergies among them with the same aim – better...

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Fighting discrimination and hate speech and protecting the rights of minorities

July - September 2021 Western Balkans

The fight against discrimination on various grounds has been one of the main pillars of the Horizontal Facility programme since its beginning. Discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes remain important issues that need to be addressed in the Western Balkans and thus the Horizontal Facility II...

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Advancing the protection of detained and sentenced persons rights in the Western Balkans towards their full reintegration in the society

July - September 2021 Westen Balkans

An important component of the Horizontal Facility II programme in the field of justice remains the protection of human rights of detained and sentenced persons in line with the European standards. In this framework important interventions have been conducted in the region by respective actions of...

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Support to local authorities in the Western Balkans to ensure independent justice

July - September 2021 Western Balkans

The actions of the Horizontal Facility II have continued to provide assistance and expertise to the local authorities in the Western Balkans in their reforms in the justice system and support efforts to improve the efficiency of justice provided to citizens, in accordance with European standards....

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Books about developing democratic families presented in Belgrade

19 October 2021 Belgrade

Books for parents who seek to raise their children to be active citizens - “Growing up in a democratic family” and “Living in a democratic family” – developed under joint European Union/Council of Europe “Quality education for all” action, were presented in Belgrade today. The books guide the...

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Combating trafficking in human beings in the Western Balkans and Turkey

July - September 2021 Western Balkans and Turkey

Victim-centered approach to combating trafficking in human beings constitutes a guiding principle in all the Horizontal Facility actions tackling combating trafficking in human beings. Challenges in combating and preventing trafficking in human beings, especially in children, remain in the focus...

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European Anti-trafficking Day marked in the Western Balkans and Turkey

18 October 2021 Sarajevo, Skopje, Belgrade

Trafficking in human beings is a severe violation of human rights and only through joint action of all relevant actors - institutions, civil society and professionals, this phenomenon can be effectively countered. Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings remains one of the priorities...

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