HELSINKI COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
http://www.mhc.org.mk
Source description last updated on 28 August 2008, current as at 4 November 2011.
Mission/Mandate:
The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia (MHC), founded in October 1994 in Skopje, is a non-governmental organisation whose major duty “is to observe and inform, on local and international level, on the respect of the human rights, in accordance with the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and other international standards for the respect of human rights. The basic tenet in the activities of the Helsinki Committee is unbiasness, objectivity, non-discrimination on any basis and competency in its remarks or human rights violations. The Helsinki Committee reacts in cases of violations of the human rights promoted by the international legislation, guaranteed by the Constitution, the national legislation and by the State and its institutions. It monitors the activities of the national institutions (President, Parliament, Government, Ministries, Courts, State administration, Police, etc.) and the way they realize their authorities. […] The Helsinki Committee provides free legal aid upon citizen submitted complains, undertakes casework, legal initiatives, researches, disseminations on human rights, organizes conferences, seminars, trainings etc” (MHC Website, http://www.mhc.org.mk/default-en.asp?ItemID=63FEDEF4EF89ED45AA014C0027061B76, accessed on 27 August 2007).
Target group:
Governments, state authorities, civil society, victims of human rights violations, local and international media, international organisations; Macedonian, academic and general public.
Objective:
Five general objectives:
“a) to support and reaffirm the principles of the Final Document of CSCE signed in Helsinki, Finland, in August 1975, as well as the further CSCE/OSCE documents, and, particularly, to attend to their just implementation in the Republic of Macedonia, but also in all the other members of the Helsinki Federation […].
b) to monitor the implementation of human rights in the Republic of Macedonia […]; to inform the Macedonian official structures and the public about its findings of possible violations[…], while at the same time helping the persons whose rights and liberties have been violated;
c) to support […] the development of the democratic institutions, and especially the promotion of legality and the rule of law;
d) to engage in relevant research and documentation activities that shall result in the publication of scientific works and educational material, as well as the widest possible dissemination of the human rights through education […]
e) to develop a close cooperation with IHF and its members, as well as other related nongovernmental, national and international associations […].”(MHC Website, http://www.mhc.org.mk/default-en.asp?ItemID=CF050CC47969034F8D7976DDE4695ED0, accessed on 27 August 2008)
“In order to inform and warn the Macedonian public in cases of human rights and freedoms violations, the Committee reports to international institutions, non-governmental organizations, agencies and academic public trough the monthly and yearly reports, the legal analysis and press releases.” (MHC Website, http://www.mhc.org.mk/default-en.asp?ItemID=63FEDEF4EF89ED45AA014C0027061B76, accessed on 27 August 2007)
Funding:
The MHC is funded by the following sources:
“- voluntary contributions, donations, gifts and legacies;
- the Budget of the Republic of Macedonia, the budgets of the units of local self-government and the budget of the city of Skopje;
- commissions from bodies, organizations, communities and other services;
- trade companies;
- other services.” (MHC Website, http://www.mhc.org.mk/default-en.asp?ItemID=CF050CC47969034F8D7976DDE4695ED0, accessed on 27 August 2008)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Thematic focus: Human rights, economic and social rights, poverty, rule of law, situation in prisons and courts, freedom of expression, refugees and IDPs, religious freedom, minorities, trafficking in human beings, drug users.
Reporting methodology:
Annual reports provide general information on current human rights practices, summarily drawn from MHC monthly reports, press releases and other publications. Monthly reports include numerous accounts of individual cases (see most recent reports available at http://www.mhc.org.mk/default-en.asp?ItemID=36018C1D3DE79A4AAE81B02247BCEEFB, accessed on 27 August 2008).
Special analyses deal with human rights-relevant legislation and its implementation.
Press releases comment on current affairs.
Publication cycle:
Reports: Annually, monthly. Annual reports available as of 28 August 2008 range from 1999 to 2005, monthly reports range from 2000 to June 2008.
Special analysis on current topics and Press releases: No fixed publication cycle.
Languages:
Macedonian, English. Some information is also available in Albanian.
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