A distance-learning course on protection against discrimination for staff members of the Agency for Gender Equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Gender Centres of of Republika Srpska and of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, aiming at strengthening their capacity to identify and address the issues of discrimination was launched on 8 February in Banja Luka. The course, developed by the Council of Europe in the framework of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP), includes modules on international standards and mechanism in combating and preventing discrimination, including those issues by the Council of Europe monitoring bodies and the European Court of Human Rights.
HELP supports the Council of Europe member states in implementing the European Convention on Human Rights at the national level. The HELP methodology and resources are systematically used in all Council of Europe capacity building activities on the European Convention on Human Rights, organised in the beneficiary countries, including within the framework of European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programmes.
The kickoff event, which was followed by a meeting in Sarajevo on 9 February, was organised within the framework of the Action “Strengthening the Human Rights Ombudsman to fight discrimination”, a part of the joint programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey”.