HELSINKI COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN SERBIA
http://www.helsinki.org.rs/
Source description last updated: 1 November 2016
 
In brief: The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia (HCHRS), formed in 1994, is a non-profit organization concerned with the human rights in Serbia.
 
Coverage on ecoi.net:

Reports (SR/PR).
Covered quarterly on ecoi.net, for Serbia.
 
Mission/Mandate/Objectives:
The HCHRS describes their examination of the human rights situation in Serbia as “different from those of other human rights organizations” […] because they examine “the situation of human rights in Serbia against country's overall socioeconomic and political context.” HCHRS “not only dissects policies and trends affecting the exercise of human rights but also provides relevant recommendations.” (Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia: About us, undated)
 
“The organization's overall mission implies the following lines of action, i.e. strategic programs:
The documentation/research "center," as an umbrella program meant to uphold both the organization's overall mission and institutional sustainability. […] The program is the more so important since it enables development of thematic projects and publishing of annual reports and other editions. Besides, researchers, scholars, post-graduates, etc. from home and abroad have been regularly turning to the Committee for specific editions and other documents.
"Facing the past/truth" - i.e. transitional justice - as the organization's landmark program. […] The Committee has also been cooperating with the ICTY [International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia] from the very beginning by providing it with ample material that throws light on the context of and the major factors in ex-Yugoslavia's disintegration.  […]
Serbia's Europeanization, i.e. the advocacy for adoption of the standards of accountability in public life, particularly in the domain of parliamentarianism. […] The great bulk of this program will prioritize parliamentary transparency and accountability, including public discourse of elected representatives. […]
Educational outreaches for the young. […]
"Human rights culture" program.  […] The program focuses implementation of major international and European conventions and instruments for the protection of fundamental human rights and, in particular, the rights of persons deprived of their liberty (prisoners, institutionalized psychiatric patients, etc.) […]
The "crises resolution/conflict-prevention" program.” (Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia: About us, undated)
 
Funding:
The HCHRS website contains a list of financiers such as Ministries, Embassies and other Human Rights organizations without mentioning the exact budget available. (Helsinki Committee For Human Rights in Serbia website: Dornors&Links, undated)
 
The monthly issue of the “Helsinki Charter” is financed by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. (Helsinki Committee For Human Rights in Serbia website: Helsinki Charter, undated)
 
Scope of reporting:
Geographic Focus: Serbia
Thematic Focus: Human Rights, Protection of ethnic and religious minorities, youth, Serbia’s Europeanization, prison conditions, Serbia’s past and role in the war
 
Methodology:
The documentation/research center program “capitalizes on tons of (often rare) documents compiled for almost 20 years, regular analyses and press clippings, the organization's human resources and the capacity to attract/engage members of liberal intelligentsia, as well as on the library of the Committee's editions/documentaries and those of other publishers/producers.” (Helsinki Committee For Human Rights in Serbia website: About us, undated)
 
For instance, for a report on prisons in Serbia, published in 2010, the HCHRS “conducted interviews, toured all the sections of the two institutions, managed to analyze some records kept by services, as well as to discern respect for or departures from existing legislation. […] Relied on relevant laws of the Republic of Serbia, CPT standards, international human rights documents and instruments dealing with juveniles.” (Helsinki Committee For Human Rights in Serbia website: Reports, undated)
 
Language(s) of publications:
English and Serbian
 
Further reading / links:
A list of links recommended by the HCHRS website
http://www.helsinki.org.rs/links.html
 
All links accessed 1 November 2016.
 
 
 
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http://www.helsinki.org.rs/
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