Legal capacity is the fundamental prerequisite to realizing all other rights, and deprivation of legal capacity carries with itself enormous consequences to the everyday life and freedom of persons with disabilities. Deprivation of legal capacity practically leads to “civil death”, and deprives basic human rights to a person, thus endangering his/her autonomy. Complete deprivation of legal capacity fully excludes any possibility for decision making and enjoying of someone’s rights.
The overall objective of the USAID supported „Constituencies for Judicial Reform in Serbia“ project, is to strengthen citizens’ confidence in the work of judicial institutions in the Republic of Serbia by improving communication between the citizens and the judiciary.
The Project is implemented by a coalition of 12 organizations engaged in human rights and the development of democracy, as well as professional judicial associations.
The project aims to contribute to greater transparency in the election of a new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, as well as to analyze the efficiency of the institution’s work after the election.
Empowering the reporting on rule of law standards in Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lawyers Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM is conducting a regional project under the auspices of the Balkan Regional Network for the Rule of Law (BRRLN) in cooperation with the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Macedonia, Tirana Legal Aid Society (TLAS) from Albania, Balkans Policy Research Group (BPRG) from Kosovo and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Overall objective of the action is to contribute to the eradication of torture and impunity in Serbian society and healing from consequences of torture. Torture represents one of the most serious crimes against humanity and dignity of a person. Person who is tortured is being dehumanised and treated like an object or an animal. Torture is an extreme, interpersonal trauma, which leaves scars on victim’s psychological and physical health, on his family and friends and on the society in general.
The overall objective of this project is to create several guides and competent analysis targeting specific problems, where the citizens can get much easier approach to justice, without external costs. With this group of useful information and professional advices how to use presented knowledge, all citizens could much easier realize their own rights.
Citizens are usually unaware of their rights and obligations and therefore have a justified fear in meeting with unknown judicial procedures to them, since the outcome can sometimes have a crucial impact on their lives. The unenviable economic situation and money insufficiency is an additional problem that arises. In order to facilitate them in such situations, the MDTF JSS has developed two guides in cooperation with the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM: „Self-Representation Guide“ and „A Guide – First Time in Court or at a Courthouse“, which teaches of the relevant problems related to the judicial procedures and the procedures before independent institutions in a simple and illustrative manner.
Evaluation of the integration of youth policies and involvement of youth in the work of National Councils of National Minorities
The main objective of this project is to increase the participation of young people in the decision – making process and the work of National Councils of National Minorities in order to ensure a great degree of realization of their rights. All activities are aimed at increasing the capacity of National Councils of National Minorities to design future projects and activities in a way that is tailored to the needs of young people. For this reason, youth work will be evaluated in at least 15 National Councils of National Minorities and recommendations will be made for their future activities, which will be enable the drafting of guidelines for further development of youth policies regulating the work of National Councils of National Minorities.
Monitoring of the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – protecting women and children from discrimination
Close attention in its work YUCOM has dedicated to monitoring and improving the status of vulnerable groups in the Republic of Serbia, principally the status of children and young people, as well as the position of women regarding gender-based violence and discrimination. Therefore, the general objective of the project is to monitor implementation of the recommendations of the UPR, particularly those in regard to protecting women and children from discrimination.
The main goal of this project is to educate key beneficiaries on issues and challenges surrounding freedom of expression and privacy protection on the internet in Serbia and to empower them by building their capacities for advocating and achieving the aforementioned rights
DRIM’s objective is to enhance the capacity of public institutions for promoting migrants’ economic integration, understood as fair access to employment, work and skills enhancement. The improved capacity of public institutions to respond to the needs of newly arrived as well as resident migrants through effective information sharing.
Addressing hate speech and hate crime of vulnerable groups in border areas – Towards Serbian response in accordance with EU policy
The proposed project will complement national policy process, a clearly outlined set of recommendations accompanied by the in depth analysis of implementation gaps will give the necessary impetus for relevant authorities to act and to provide the human rights groups with and adequate advocacy platform.
The overall object of the Action: the project’s overall objective is to reduce the level of homophobic, transphobic and discriminatory attitudes and behavior, through the sterile juxtapositions stereotypes and prejudices against LGBT population in Serbia.
One of the main aims of this project is to determine and evaluate the progress Serbia has made in the field of fundamental human rights by implementing the Action Plan for Chapter 23.
The overall object of the Action: Overall objective of this project is to enable citizens to have better access to justice with lower costs for citizens, as well as for the system through expanding the possibility for self-representation before the court.
The overall object of the Action: the objectives of the action are to contribute to the advancement of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Serbia. More specifically, the objectives are to contribute to the full enjoyment of the rights envisaged in the Constitution of Serbia and expected Law on Free Legal Aid, to promote free legal aid among general population, to exchange experiences from providing free legal aid, and to develop capacities of future providers of free legal aid.
Expert Consultation with Mónica Pinto, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
This consultation was an opportunity for legal professionals to provide the Special Rapporteur with information about the threats and risk faced by lawyers in Eastern Europe, North Caucasus and Central Asia.
The overall objective is to promote and protect the rights of the child on quality education by organizing the monitoring and implementation of procedures to identify and report cases of discrimination and other violations of children’s rights in education.
Vranjske weekly in cooperation with the Committee of Lawyers for Human Rights – YUCOM is implementing the project Independent Journalism for Independent Judiciary that is financed by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia.
One of the main challenges of reforming the judiciary, that began in 2006, is still the independence of the justice system.
The overall object of the Action is enhancing the status and rights of the aggrieved and victims in the criminal proceeding. SO1: Identification of the necessary legal changes in the criminal legal framework/identification of implementation issues; SO2: Networking for the cause of improving the free legal aid provision to victims; SO3: Tracking the implementation of the measures within the Chapter 23 requirements in Serbia/and in strategic documents of judiciary in Kosovo.