News - July 2013

- 12 July 2013, Zagreb: Representative of the Center for Peace Vukovar, Mr. Branislav Tekić, participated in the roundtable discussion titled „ Discrimination – mechanisms of protection  – accessing rights to equal treatment”. Roundtable discussion was organized within the framework of the IPA 2008 project "The Initiative of Civil Society Organizations for Changes in Anti-Discrimination Policies 2011-2013", by the Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights Osijek in partnership with Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance Vukovar and Serbian Democratic Forum, as well as in cooperation with the Center for Peace Studies from Zagreb.

Roundtable discussion initiated an open communication between the civil and public sector on the status and problems pertaining to implementation of the Law on Combating Discrimination and the Law on Free Legal Aid as well as possibilities of finding a solution model. Effective and efficient free legal aid system should ensure accessing right to an equal treatment in all of the legal fields and according to all grounds of discrimination prescribed by the Law on Combating Discrimination.

Monitoring Report on the Implementation of the Law on Combating Discrimination and the Law on Free Legal Aid – How much equality? was presented at the roundtable, which includes analysis of the past practices, encourages discussion on the efficiency of the free legal aid system as a mechanism to ensure equal opportunities for citizens in accessing rights, informs the public, opens discussion on the proposal of the new Law on Free Legal Aid an defines conclusions and activities’ guidelines aimed at improving the legal framework. 

Furthermore, the public was also presented with the document Umbrella against discrimination – Analysis of the design of the National Plan to Combat Discrimination in Croatia 2008 – 2013 with suggestions for improvement. This analysis is a result of the process of empowerment of CSOs to develop anti-discrimination policy in Croatia, initiated in 2012 when the synergy of two projects resulted in forming of a group of 20 experts belonging to CSOs and Ombudsman offices. Projects were funded by the funds from EU IPA 2008 programme "Strengthening capacities and the role of civil society organizations to monitor the implementation of the EU acquis in the field of comprehensive anti-discrimination policy”  and implemented by the Center for Peace Osijek in partnership with Center for Peace Vukovar and Serbian Democratic Forum, as well as Center for Peace Studies with partners.

Roundtable discussion was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia, Office of Ombudsman, Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Croatian government, UNHCR Office in Croatia, Croatian Bar Association as well as representatives of the academic community, free legal aid providers and CSOs active in the field of developing anti-discrimination policy in Croatia, who also shared their views on the matter.

  

- 3 – 4 July 2013, Osijek: The training „Preparation and implementation of EU projects“ – Module II was organized within the framework of the "Project Generation Facility" project (PGF Croatia) and financially supported by the OSF Budapest. The aim of the training was to increase knowledge and skills of young people to successfully prepare, develop and implement EU funded projects. The training was intended for young people active in Roma and pro-Roma organization active in working to improve the quality of life of Roma and the entire Roma community in the Republic of Croatia.