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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights is participating in the monitoring of the representation of Serbia to OSCE with regards to the human aspect of OSCE, with the goal to actively contribute to human security of the citizens of Serbia.

Human aspect refers to the broader concept of security within OSCE which also includes the protection and promotion of human rights and democratic standards.

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Writing of the introduction for YUCOM’s annual report, as well as the introduction to the text which presents the overview of the status of human rights in the year behind us, is placed in the context of the situation in the media and TV programs which were cancelled during previous year, and which have left the mark on the media scene in Serbia.

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The goal of the Free Elections Through Freedom of Assembly project is two-fold: 1) protection of the freedom of assembly in pre-election period as the prerequisite for free, fair and democratic elections through timely education of users, monitoring of pre-election conventions across Serbia by independent monitors, providing legal protection in cases of violence against freedom of assembly, immediate notification of public on dealt infarctions and requests to relevant authorities to take measures against them; 2) after the elections and based on received results, an evaluation of the influence of the new Law will be made, formulating conclusions and recommendations for the improvement of the legislative framework, considering that harmonization with international standards is already envisioned with the Action Plan for Chapter 23.

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