News - September 2014

 - 26 September 2014, Budapest (Hungary): The Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation released Civil Society Monitoring Report on the Implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy and Decade Action Plan in the Republic of Croatia in 2012 and 2013. The report was prepared by a civil society coalition comprising the following organizations: Institute of the Association for Transitional Researches and National Education – STINA Institute (lead organization), Roma National Council, and Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance.



- 24 September 2014, Zagreb: Representative of the Center for Peace - Vukovar, Ljubomir Mikic, participated in the meeting of the thematic group of experts on the protection and promotion of the Romani language of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM). The meeting was organized on the occasion of the three-day thematic visit of the CAHROM to the Republic of Croatia, dedicated to the exchange of information and experience in protection and promotion of the Romani language between experts from Austria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Croatia. CAHROM thematic visit to the Republic of Croatia was jointly organized by the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Croatian Government and the Roma National Council.


- 4 – 5 September 2014, Zagreb: Educational workshop titled “Capacity building of Roma community representatives to monitor the implementation of measures for the integration of Roma in Croatia - 2” was organized within the framework of the project “Roma Inclusion Advocacy Project”, implemented by the Centre for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychosocial Assistance - Vukovar, STINA Institute from Split and the Association of Roma Friendship LUNA from Beli Manastir.

During the course of the workshop participants were reminded on the topics discussed during the workshop held in July which referred to monitoring and collection of data and development of shadow reports on the implementation of measures for Roma inclusion at local and regional levels.  The first day of the workshop was dedicated to advocacy – the methods of preparing short advocacy documents and advocacy plans.  This part of the workshop was dedicated to practical examples, as well as practical exercises and working in groups. The second day of the workshop included elements of public advocacy and media relations.

The workshop was attended by 15 participants, 14 representatives of Roma community from five counties where the project is being implemented. Guests on the workshop Day 1 were Aleksa Djokic and Klaudija Kregar Oreskovic from the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities of the Croatian government. On Day 2, guest of the workshop were Stojan Obradovic, coordinator of STINE Institute and Antun Brađašević journalist for Unitas Webradio, Nova Gradiska and the associate of STINE Institute. The workshop was conducted by Branislav Tekic and Milena Babic supported by Ljubomir Mikic, co-author of the “Alternative monitoring and advocacy for the implementation of the National Strategy for Roma Inclusion 2013 - 2020 - Guidelines for local Roma activists and representatives”, developed within the framework of this project.

“Roma Inclusion Advocacy Project” is financed by the European Social Fund of the EU within IPA Component IV “Human Resources Development: Supporting CSOs Advocacy and Motivation Programmes for Socially Excluded Groups“. Contracting authority in the Republic of Croatia is the National Foundation for Civil Society Development.