Project Title: Creating the frame for amendments of the current Serbian Constitution, that is, its parts that are relevant to human rights
Project duration: 2011 ’ 2012
Donor: National Endowment for Democracy – NED
Project title: Towards transparent and effective mechanism of direct citizens involvement in the process of development and adoption of legislation in Serbia
Duration: August 2010 – March 2011
Donor: British Embassy in Belgrade
Project title: Strengthening citizens in realizing the right to Free Access to Information and Data Protection through public Advocacy for adoption of the amendment to the FOIA and the Law on Classified Information
Duration: September 29, 2009- August 29, 2010
Donor: Institute for Sustainable Comminuties – ISC
Project title: Campaign to promote the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders in Serbia
Duration: July 2008 – December 2008
Donor: Federal Foreign Office Stability Pact Federal Foreign Office Stability Pact
Project title: CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE AND STOP RACISM that will comprise promotion of measures and practices needed to be introduced by state organs in order to fight discrimination against ethnic minorities and refugees, discrimination based on the ground such of sex, race, colour, social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation
Duration of the project: year 2006
Donors: German Government, through German Embassy in Belgrade
This was a regional project, where leading partner was HOM (Humanist Committee on Human Rights) from Utrecht, The Netherlands and as project partners have participated 14 NGOs from Serbia (3), Montenegro (2), FYROM (2), Albania (2), Bosnia and Herzegovina (3), Croatia (2). These countries were area of project implementation. The main focus of the project was domestic violence. Project was dealing only with domestic violence against women (including young girls from 15 and older). Project was supported by HIVOS and PSO.
The National Convention on EU represents an innovative model of network trough which NGOs from different fields cooperate. In this way, civil society engages and contributes significantly to the accession negotiations between Serbia and the EU in all 35 chapters and conducts comprehensive monitoring. The objective of the project is to achieve efficient and quality negotiations between Serbia and the European Union and to achieve sustainable reform in the areas covered by Chapter 23 – Judiciary and Fundamental Rights and Chapter 24 – Justice, Freedom and Security through Inclusion and Civil Society Monitoring.
The overall objective of the project “Change the constitution on-line and off-line” is to set the stage for amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia that deepen formal and actual commitment to human rights and freedoms, in line with international human rights, freedoms and democracy standards and EU directives.
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM implemented this project with the support of Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) and the Open Society Institute.
Serbia still ranks as one of the most corrupt countries in Europe according to the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (in 2010, Serbia ranked 78th out of 178 countries (followed with 86th out of 182 ranking in 2011 and 80th out of 174 in 2012). The latest EC country reports stated that Serbia has made little progress in harmonizing its judicial system with the European standards and that it failed to rein in corruption. One of the key challenges is that there are still no enough criminal reports filed against perpetrators by the prosecutor’s office, mainly because it is often difficult to provide sufficient evidence for reporting a corruption case.
Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM with seven other civil society organizations (Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, CHRIS Network, the Center for Civic Education, Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo, Gay Straight Alliance, LGBT Forum Progress and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovo) conducted Networking project of civil society organizations on human rights violations in Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo and established regional Coalition for Equality Step.
The project is supported by the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia.
Objective: Support to civil society organizations in addressing common challenges in the field of human rights, with a special focus on LGBT rights, women’s participation in political life and trials for discrimination.
Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM is implementing the ” Change the Constitution on-line and off-line” project from 1st January to 1st November 2013.
The main objective of the project is to identify the main disadvantages of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia considering human rights, freedom and democracy through the use of modern technology and social networks. To achieve this goal YUCOM has created www.mojustav.rs website where the public can comment on the current constitutional provisions. Comments of citizens will provide the necessary support and strengthen the arguments of civil society in advocating constitutional change.
Project Title: From Law to Justice – Sustainable Legal Aid System in Serbia Duration: January 2014. – November 2014. Donor: INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES About the project: The overall objective of the project is to develop a sustainable system of free legal aid and improving the capacity of providers of free legal aidin Serbia.This will be achieved through: 1) strengthening the capacity of providers of free legal aid to a comprehensive and coordinated way provide legal assistance, and 2) creating a favorable environment for improving access to justice and the promotion and strengthening of the rule of law.