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Nov 29

Rule of Law Program


Overall Program Directions

Human Rights House will work on building influence and capacities of institutions addressing human rights: Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, Ombudsman and Commissioner for the Protection of Equality. Moreover, Human Rights House will work on raising awareness of members and leaders of political parties, citizens and civil society regarding importance of these institutions and, whenever possible, stage joint campaigns in tandem with them.

Human Rights House will organize system for protection for human rights defenders through direct support on court processes and through other activities of raising their capacity. Also HRH will advocate for introduction of legal measures and practices for improvement of the protection and perception of human rights defenders.

Human Rights House will propose, support and/or advocate legal solutions securing the rule of law; it will monitor implementation of laws and legal provisions; and build on legal practice by working on strategic cases in the domain of freedom of expression, assembly and association, transparency and accountability of public institutions,  corruption etc.

Human Rights House will work on capacity building of civil society; on raising awareness of importance of civic participation and participation in decision-making processes; networking of civil society organizations in different areas addressing human rights; it will deal with legal improvements in the field of civic participation and work on providing conditions for development of civic participation. Human Rights and Democracy House will especially focus on the European Integration process; inclusion of citizens in the process, as well as application of European and international standards in the field of human rights and civic participation.

Human Rights House will support religious and national communities (focusing on national councils) in having impact on decision-making processes at the national and local levels through direct cooperation and/or their capacity building; it will advocate building of the legal framework that would provide respect for the minority rights; it will represent victims of human rights violation and build legal practice in these fields; it will document the human rights situation in this area.

Concrete activities (starting) next year will be:

Monitoring of process of EU integration focused on Chapter’s 23 – Chapter 23 of negotiation process for EU membership will start at the beginning of negotiations and it has a special significance on respect of human rights. The answers within EU questionnaire send by the state do not encompass the major issues in legislation, as well as law implementation problems in areas of securing fundamental rights of people. HRHouse will monitor and contribute to the accession screening process of situation in this area, monitor process of adjusting laws and standards prescribed within this chapter and meeting set up benchmarks[1], and advocate for adopting of highest standards of fundamental rights.  Activities done through this monitoring and advocacy will be done within set up program directions.

Additionally, some of directions of this program will be also met by individual programs of particular HRHouse organizations and their current projects. Activities that are the most in accordance with HRHouse program areas will be done under the HRHouse logo in order to promote the House, and, on the other hand, for the actions itself to be more visible. The concrete actions that will be included in HRHouse program will be agreed among HRHouse organizations.


[1] Benchmarks may refer to the harmonization of legislation, the results of the implementation process, administrative or judicial capacity and/or adherence to the obligations under the association agreement.

 

 

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