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Twinning Project - Increasing the visibility and capacities of the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Serbia

December 18th 2015

This twinning project aims to strengthen the existing capacity of relevant national institutions in Serbia such as the Commissioner for Protection of Equality and other key stakeholders for the implementation of human rights and for enhancing the implementation of anti-discrimination policies at national and local level.

EU Twinning project “Support to the advancement of human rights and zero tolerance to discrimination”

On the eve of the approval of Serbia’s Action Plan for Chapter 23, the Commissioner for Protection of Equality (CPE) is a key player in the EU Twinning project “Support to the advancement of human rights and zero tolerance to discrimination”. The overall project objective is to strengthen and encourage the implementation of the relevant legislative framework promoting equality and anti-discrimination, and protecting the rights of minorities and human rights defenders and bring the legislative framework in line with European standards. The specific objective is to strengthen the existing capacity of relevant national institutions such as the CPE and other key stakeholders for the implementation of human rights and for enhancing the implementation of anti-discrimination policies at national and local level.

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This Twinning project brings together public sector expertise from Austria (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) and Slovenia (Office for National Minorities) with the CPE and the Office for Human and Minority Rights (OHMR) of the Republic of Serbia with the aim of enhancing peer to peer activities. About fifteen European experts will cooperate with CPE and a wide range of stakeholders by exchanging experiences, knowledge and skills through training events, trainings of trainers, developing legal and institutional analyses and drafting recommendations.

The CPE wants to make use of the project activities as an opportunity for increasing her visibility at the regional and local level to ensure equal access to justice for persons who have experienced discrimination. A special focus on strengthening mechanisms to follow-up on the implementation of recommendations issued by the CPE will contribute to establishing structures effectively preventing future discrimination. Staff of the CPE will be able to further advance their skills on how to handle complaints, on what kind of data to collect and on making use of it in assessing and presenting complaints. Outreach work targeting National Councils of National Minorities, towns/municipalities, police, judges, prosecutors and CSOs and a public awareness raising campaign will support the development of a culture of rights encouraging the reporting of incidents of discrimination.

More information is available in Serbian.