Project title: Strengthening Capacities of Civil Society Organizations to Take Over Trial Monitoring
Duration: August 2014 – April 2016
Donor: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – OSCE
About the project: The overall objective of the project is to contribute to advancement of the rule of law in Serbia by ensuring the existence of independent and well-prepared monitoring and reporting bodies.
Proposed aims include: 1) CSO monitors employed by three CSOs to carry out the tasks assigned under the project; 2) Monitors and additional CSOs employees are trained to monitor trials in accordance with the Serbian law, international standards and best practices; 3) The CSO trial monitors follow war crimes trials (monitoring of hearings, collection and analysis of documents, legal research) first under OSCE’s coaching and then autonomously; 4) The CSOs issue reports based on the monitoring observations, making them available to the authorities and to the public; 5) The selected CSOs are committed and able to carry on regular monitoring of war crimes trials after the completion of the project.