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With the Law on Ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, it is prescribed that the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture (NPM) conducts visits to institutions where detainees may or may not be held, with the aim of discouraging state bodies and officers from any form of torture or any other form of abuse, as well as directing state bodies towards creating accommodation and other living conditions in institutions that hold detainees that are in line with current regulations and standards.

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The policy goal of the project is to provide institutional analysis of services directed toward refugees, migrants and asylum seekers assessing their integration, coherence and complementarities with local partners, in order to facilitate systemic changes enabling positive outcomes of migration.

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The focus of this project will be on monitoring formal and informal gathering places of refugees/migrants in Serbia and providing them with information on their rights and obligations. This will be achieved by making often visits to those places, conducting interviews with refugees/migrants as well as with relevant stakeholders and CSOs. Experiences gained during the project will be reflected in a final project report with recommendations for the improvement of the status and the treatment of refugees/migrants in Serbia.

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The Committee of Lawyers for Human Rights – YUCOM, with the support of the OSCE Mission in Serbia, is undertaking the project with the title ‘Amending the Constitution’. The aim of the project is to improve the knowledge of students and journalists on amendments to the Constitution, as well as to commence a discussion on the subject with the goal of collecting information and opinions from the wider public.

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Project Title: Project Title: NGOs and the Judiciary – Watchdog Activities, Interactions, Collaboration, Communication
Duration: January 2015. – June 2016.
Donor: International Visegrad Fund and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea
Partners: CEELI Institute (Czech Republic), VIS IURIS (Slovakia), Albanian Helsinki Committee (Albania), Coalition of Civil Associations “All for fair trials” (Macedonia)
About the project: The general topic addressed by the project NGOs and the Judiciary is watch dog activities, cooperation, interaction, communication and relations between NGOs and judiciary with special focus on civic monitoring of the judiciary.

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Project:  Civil Response to Clientelism in Media – MEDIA CIRCLE
Duration:  December 2013 – December 2017.
Donor:  European Commission / IPA CSF
Partners:  Partnership for Social Development (Croatia), Expert Forum (Romania), Vesta (BiH), BH Journalists (BiH), Center for Media Activities (FYR Macedonia), Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina (Serbia) and Public Policy Institute (Montenegro)

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Project: Equal Rights in Educational System in Serbia

Duration: August 2014- August 2015

Donor: Matra Embassy Fund- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

About the project: The objectives of the action are to contribute to the advancement of democracy, human rights, social inclusion and a higher level of tolerance in Serbia´s educational system…

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The second and revised edition of the handbook “Fighting Against Discrimination in the Education System”, which is created within the project Equal Rights in the Education System of the Republic of Serbia with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, is designed for educational advisers, educational inspectors, teachers and school directorates in Serbia and is aimed to help in fighting against discrimination in the education system.

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The project’s aim is the development of YUCOM’s capacities and expertise in order to better respond to the needs of Serbian society in negotiations with the EU in priority areas of Chapters 23 and 24.

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Name of the project: Triple A for Citizens: Access to information, Advice & Active help
Duration: December 2012 – December 2014
Donor: European Commission

Nine organizations from EU member states and the western Balkans are united in a common task – to challenge the myth that the citizens of post – communist societies are passive by showing no interest in the defense of their own rights. The rejection of this myth is based on the assumption that this legend will disappear as soon as the way of exercising their rights is brought to the public attention – both before and after the occurrence of a possible problem.

This is the reason for the decision that the concept of counseling for citizens is widened in the western Balkans and Turkey. The regional forum on counseling citizens should encourage this process.

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Project Title: Training’s on non-discrimination for chosen local experts in twenty local governments
Duration: November 2014 – May 2015
Donor: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – OSCE
About Project: Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) in cooperation with the Association of Lawyers for Medical and Health Law (SUPRAM) implemented a program of education in 20 local governments in Serbia, in the framework of the project “European Support for the Inclusion of Roma People”, which is implemented by the OSCE.

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YUCOM’s 2013 Annual Report is product of comprehensive all-year efforts and concretization of the idea of an overview of YUCOM’s activities, modeled on annual reports being published by regulatory bodies and by international human rights organizations. As one of the most influencing think-thanks in Serbia and the symbol of support to citizens when it comes to protection of their basic human rightsYUCOM is presenting its first annual report with the review of provided legal aid in 2013 and selected case studies, also with overviewof all the contrbutions to improvement of human rights protection as well as with the text about this issue’s specific theme which is the right of adequate housing of marginalized and socially disandvantiged groups in Serbia.

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What is legal aid?

Legal aid enables you to efficiently protect your human rights that have been violated. It also provides you with access to courts or to other state organs under conditions of equality and witout discrimination. Discrimination includes inequal treatment, unjustified distinction-making, namely puting someone i a better/worse situation by virtue of his/her personal characteristics. The state has an obligation to secure legal aid to you when you do not have the means to afford the costs of justice.

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Support to Human Rights Defenders in Serbia – Towards effective mechanisms for protection
Duration: July, 2011 – April, 2012
Donor: Foreign Commonwealth Office
The project will establish certain effective mechanisms for the protection of Human Rights Defenders HRD and propose a set of measures for governmental institutions and other relevant stakeholders in order to improve HRD protection.
UN Declaration on Human Rights’ Defenders – Serbian, Roma and Albanian translation