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How to conduct situational testing brief description


Counselling Centre for citizenship/Civic and Human Rights

Project was financially supported within the Transition Programme ba the amount of 884.661CZK. The project focused on increasing enforcement of the right not to be discriminated against for vulnerable groups in Serbia, especially national minorities and the Roma minority. The aim was to strengthen capacities of Serbian NGOs in combating discrimination by passing the knowledge and experience with the method of proving discrimination - situational testing. PPO has been using this method for twenty years and built upon it the fundamental anti-discrimination jurisprudence. Although Serbia's legislation explicitly assumes this method in its Anti-Discrimination Law, available case law and experience with its application are still missing. Within the project 23 representatives of Serbian NGOs were trained at this method, 5 experts then participated in a study trip to the Czech Republic, where they watched the preparation and implementation of testing in Czech conditions. Subsequently five pilot situational testing were conducted in Serbia, three of them capturing the discriminatory treatment – in Roma access to employment, housing and financial services. Testing results were presented to the public at the final press conference in Belgrade, which was followed by a round table where experts discussed litigation potential of the results and other related issues. Based on chosen testing result proceedings before the Serbian equality body was initiated and subsequent judicial proceedings was prepared. The project aroused great interest in the method in the target country and secured the first procedure with the potential to bring Serbia needed anti-discrimination jurisprudence.