Category Archives: Legal Aid

Asylum: Asylum seekers have their right to adequate legal protection

The appeal administrative council of Court of BIH has adopted the request for reconsideration of the court decision submitted by Association “ Vasa prava BiH” and has revoked the judgment of the State Court No S1 3 U 001818 10 U taking a clear stance regarding questions of asylum seeker and their right to adequate legal protection.

Namely year long practice has been that in Administrative proceedings all written correspondence is delivered in the official languages of BiH directly to asylum seekers, even then when the asylum seekers have their attorneys, which resulted that asylum seekers due to their illiteracy missed the deadlines for using legal remedies.

Round table: New developments in the legislation of the Republic Srpska in the area of civil registration

On 22/12/2010 the representatives of Association “Vaša prava BiH” participated in the round table in Banja Luka, dedicated to the new Law on Civil Registers in the Republic Srpska.  This gathering was organised by the Roma Federation RS and UNHCR.  Apart from the organisers, the round table was also attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Governance RS, Registry Offices, General Administration Departments of the Municipalities in the RS, Social Welfare Centres and Roma NGO’s.

VPBiH Participation in the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Teams and Twinning Project

In December the Ministry of Security BiH – Anti-Trafficking Department and NGO Emmaus organised intensified activities for the earlier established Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Teams (established in support of the State Investigations and Protection Agency).  Previously, on 29 and 30 November 2010 a conference was held in Bijeljina dedicated to the cross-border cooperation and promotion of the procedures for return and reintegration of the trafficking victims between BiH, the Republic of Croatia and Republic of Serbia.  In addition to the regional team members (Tuzla area), the conference was also attended by the Judges and Prosecutors from the Republic of Serbia and Republic of Croatia.  VPBiH was also present at the conference, when it delivered a brief presentation about the procedures and activities we had been implementing to assist the potential and registered victims of human trafficking.  This conference served as a unique platform for reinforcing the regional cooperation in providing assistance to the trafficking victims and promoting the cross-border cooperation.