News - December 2013

- 20 December 2013, Marija Bistrica: Member of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Ljubomir Mikić, gave a lecture on the topic „Framework(s) for National Minorities and Youth“ at the seminar dedicated to training of young persons belonging to national minorities. The seminar was organized by the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Croatian government on 19-21 December 2013. 

 

- 11 December 2013, Zagreb: Representative of the Center for Peace – Vukovar, Mr Ljubomir Mikic, has participated at the "Workshop on resolving applications for housing care and returnee status", co-organized by the Ministry of Public Administration, the State Office for Reconstruction and Housing Care and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The purpose of this workshop was to address related issues in the process of the first and second instance decision procedure for housing care and returnee status. In light of the recent legislative changes regulating housing care and returnee status, as well as, the new administrative structure responsible for the issuance of decisions, the workshop was seen as an important joint endeavor which would help returnees to find durable and sustainable solutions stemming from the Regional Housing Programme, as committed at the Donor Conference in Sarajevo 2012. 

 

- 9 – 11 December 2013, Palic (Republic of Serbia): Representatives of the Center for Peace – Vukovar participated in the 4th thematic meeting of the regional network of non-governmental organizations held within the framework of the program “Development of the Civil Society Network in the Western Balkans region”, implemented by Group 484 from Belgrade (Serbia) with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia. Thematic meeting was attended by representatives of non-governmental organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Vaša prava, Sarajevo; SDF, Banja Luka), Montenegro (Legal center, Podgorica), Serbia (Group 484, Belgrade; IDC, Belgrade; PRAXIS, Belgrade; HCIT, Novi Sad) and Croatia (Center for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights – Osijek; Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance – Vukovar).  During the meeting, general guidelines, working methodology and the structure of the regional thematic document entitled “Registration of permanent residence / temporary residence / place of temporary residence / place of permanent residence as a legal basis for accessing rights of migrants and foreigners” were established and an agreement was reached on the plan of activities of the regional network for 2014. 

  

 

- 5 – 6 December 2013, Zagreb: Representatives of the Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance - Vukovar, Ljubomir Mikic and Milena Babic, participated in the seminar “Desegregation - practical aspects of strategic objectives” organized by the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Croatian Government and the European Roma Rights Center (ERRC). The seminar is one of the activities of the "Dare Net Project: Desegregation and Action for Roma in Education-Network".

Participants of the seminar were representatives of schools, local and regional institutions, Roma community and non-governmental organizations. The introductory lectures were given by Branko Sočanac, director of the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Croatian Government, Veljko Kajtazi, MP, Judith Geller, representative of the ERRC, Nada Jakir, Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, Ivona Salaj, Advisor to the Ombudsman for Children and Aleksa Djokic, Assistant Director the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Croatian Government.

The seminar was dedicated to the analysis of European experiences in combating segregation and desegregation in the context of educational policy in Croatia and strategic objectives of the National Strategy for Roma Inclusion (NSRI) 2013 - 2020, the context of children's rights and the work of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, as well as the context of development of regional action plans for the implementation NSRI 2020. The seminar included discussion on the needs, obstacles and potentials that enable positive change in the direction of desegregation of persons belonging to Roma national minority in education.