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Project Defending Human Rights through Strategic Litigation, 2012

 

Counselling Centre for Citizenship/Civil and Human Rights (CCC/CHR)

            Project Defending Human Rights through Strategic Litigation was implemented by Counselling Centre for Citizenship/Civil and Human Rights (CCC/CHR), in cooperation with local NGO Vaša prava BiH, between 1. 1. 2012 – 31. 12. 2012, thanks to a grant of 770 000,-CZK awarded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, through Transition Promotion Program, and with additional support received through a related project supported by Open Society Fund Prague through East East Beyond Borders program.

            The main focus of the project was transferring knowledge and experiences with methods of situation testing and strategic litigation as means of curbing discrimination and promoting the right to equal treatment. The core activities of the project were consisting of (1) training of local human rights defenders (mainly NGO experts but also lawyers of the institution of Human Rights Ombudsman/Ombudsmen of BiH) – through organisation of two workshops in BiH and study trip of 3 experts to the Czech Republic, including participation in international round tables on discrimination in education, (2) preparation of manual “Strateška parnica kao sredstvo za zaštitu od diskriminace“ (Strategic Litigation as Means of Protection against Discrimination) and (3) a creation of BiH information websites focused on providing expert legal information and materials on antidiscrimination law and case law.

            The workshops organized through this project were held in June and October 2012 in Sarajevo and Banja Luka. 32 local experts from NGOs defending women rights, LGTB rights, rights of person with disabilities, Roma rights and human rights and equal treatment in general, have participated in the workshops. Three of them have later joined series of round tables and workshop “Strategic Litigation as a Tool to Combat Discrimination in Education” with leading experts on this issue from CEE region.

            Manual “Strategic Litigation as Means of Protection against Discrimination” is available for download here: http://antidiskriminacija.vasaprava.org/index.php/dokumenti/summary/1-publikacije/2-prirucnik-za-stratesku-parnicu

            The newly created information websites on right to equal treatment and its legal protection is here: http://antidiskriminacija.vasaprava.org/

            Having received very positive feedback from all involved participants, we believe that this project has been a valuable support in the plead of all disadvantaged groups living within Bosnia and Herzegovina for their right to equal treatment.

Grant awarded by MFA: 770 000,-

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