Sarajevo film festival screens documentary on minorities

18 August 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 18 August, a Council of Europe and European Union documentary will be screened during the Sarajevo Film Festival. The documentary, “When we are fewer” gives an overview of the life of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It looks at the lives of different members of national...

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Successful finalisation of the human rights legal course for law students in Tirana and Durrës

29 May 2019 Tirana and Durrës

Over 500 Albanian students have successfully completed the human rights course on application of the European Convention on Human Rights. The course was implemented during the second semester of Bachelor and Master Programme students in Tirana and Durrës law faculties (in March-April 2019). The...

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Final Steering Committee Meeting of the Action “Accountability of the Judicial System in Montenegro”

16 May 2019 Podgorica

The fifth and final Steering Committee meeting for the Horizontal Facility Action “Accountability of the Judicial System” took place on 16 May 2019 in Podgorica. The meeting gathered the representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro and of the Council of Europe, together...

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Ethical counselling visits to the basic courts in Montenegro

28 May 2019 Niksic, Berane, Bar

Three counselling visits of the members of the Ethical committee of the Judicial Council to the Basic Courts in Nikšić, Basic Court in Berane and Basic Court in Bar were organised in January, March and April 2019, respectively. Besides presentation of the work of the Ethical committee and role of...

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Montenegrin law students visit the Council of Europe institutions

15-16 May 2019 Strasbourg

Upon successful completion of the legal clinic on Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention), 10 students participated in a study visit to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) on 15 and 16 May 2019. The Action “Fighting ill-treatment...

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Visit to Strasbourg – for better protection of the rights of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

9 May 2019 Strasbourg

The members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Council of National Minorities and Secretariat of the Joint Commission for Human Rights of the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the study visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 9th May 2019. The visit provided an opportunity...

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Prison and police professionals complimented the successful implementation of the Horizontal Facility Action in Bosnia and Herzegovina

24 May 2019 Sarajevo

Successful implementation of the Horizontal Facility Action “Enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, was acknowledged at the final meeting of the Steering Committee held on 22 May 2019 in Sarajevo. This Action was co-funded by the European...

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Presentation of the Analysis of the penal policies in the area of domestic violence

24 May 2019 Podgorica

With the aim of addressing the issues related to harmonisation of penal policies in the area of gender-based violence cases, the Action “Fighting ill-treatment and impunity and enhancing the application of the European human rights case law on national level” has developed a comprehensive...

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Successful finalisation of the human rights legal course for law students

24 May 2019 Podgorica

The second generation of law students in Montenegro has successfully completed the human rights course on application of the European Convention on Human Rights. On 8 May 2019, the simulation of a Strasbourg Court trial was organised to mark its successful completion. The course was implemented...

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Study visit to Berlin: Good practices in functioning of the minority representation bodies

22 May 2019 Berlin

Between 12th and 14th May 2019, the representatives of the Minority Co-ordination Group took part in a study visit to Berlin, organised under the project "Strengthening the protection of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina". The purpose of this study visit was to exchange experiences...

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Another step taken towards reinforcement of the judicial dialogue at the national level

20 May 2019 Podgorica

Stemming from the conclusions and recommendations provided in the Analysis concerning the legal effects of the Constitutional Court’s decisions, developed under the Action, further steps are taken to reinforce the dialogue between the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Montenegro. On 22...

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Impact of the Action ”Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Kosovo* (KoSEJ)” on the future Strategy on the Rule of Law

20 May 2019 Pristina

On 26 April 2019, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Working Group of Kosovo on the functioning of the judicial and prosecutorial system presented its Policy Paper to support the elaboration of the new MOJ’s Sector Strategy on the Rule of Law which take due account of recommendations made in the...

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Strengthening the capacities of criminal justice authorities in Albania to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate terrorist financing

20 May 2019 Durres

A two-day training on “Investigation, prosecution and adjudication of financing of terrorism” took place on 16 and 17 May 2019 in Durrës, Albania. The training targeted criminal justice authorities and aimed at developing specialisation among practitioners on conducting investigations in...

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Presented results of the Action on enhancing human rights policing in Kosovo*

16 May 2019 Pristina

The results of the Horizontal Facility Action “Enhancing human rights policing in Kosovo” were presented at a closing event that took place in Pristina on 14 May 2019. The event highlighted the Actions’ contribution to strengthening the safeguards against ill-treatment and securing better...

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Final conference of the Action “Strengthen integrity and combat corruption in higher education”

15 May 2019 Podgorica

A closing conference of the Action took place on 15 May in Podgorica, marking the end of the activities in the field of education in Montenegro of the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey. Participants were given the opportunity to hear national beneficiaries and international...

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Visible progress, but additional efforts are needed in order to apply the standards of effectiveness of the investigation in torture cases

13 May 2019 Podgorica

Montenegro has made progress in the application of standards of investigations effectiveness in torture cases, but it is necessary to improve the quality of explanation of court decisions, eradicate misconduct of police officers, and reduce abuse, was told at the conference "Standards of...

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Positive practices of the action „Strenghtening the protection of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina“

14 May 2019

The action „Strenghtening the protection of national minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina“ organized its final Steering commitee meeting followed by a closing event on 7th May 2019. Mr. Drahoslav Štefanek, Head of Council of Europe office in Sarajevo, congratulated the stakeholders on succesful...

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60 years of international co-operation in criminal matters

13 May 2019 Belgrade

Strengthening capacities of judges, prosecutors, but also of civil servants working on the matters related to mutual legal assistance is necessary, but improvement in this area is already notable. This was one of the conclusions of the conference “International Co-operation in Criminal Matters:...

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Protection of national minority rights beneficial for Serbian society

10 May 2019 Belgrade

The Council of Europe and the European Union will continue to support protection and promotion of national minority rights in Serbia as it is beneficial for Serbian society, but it also largely contributes to the EU accession path of the country. This was one of the conclusions of today’s...

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Two prison treatment programmes successfully piloted in six prisons in Serbia

8 May 2019 Belgrade

Detained and sentenced persons in Serbia will have better treatment in prison and will be better prepared for their release after serving their sentence thanks to the joint EU and Council of Europe Action “Enhancing human rights protection for detained and sentenced persons in Serbia”. This was...

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