Category Archives: Legal Aid

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Presudom Vrhovnog suda Federacije BiH prekinuta evidentna praksa razdvajanja djece na etničkom principu

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Romani culture: Power of your stories

Following the photo-competition Romska kultura gledana kroz vase oci, we have seen how litlle is actually known about the Romani culture which stays suppressed by existing stereotypes in the society.

It is time to show the other part of the story. The one of Roma people, valuable citizens who maintain their culture and take pride in their roots. Therefore, we decided to call on you, everybody, who feels that their voice should be heard. We invite you to share you stories reflecting on Romani culture, traditions and beliefs, struggles and victories. We all can become teachers, motivators and inspirors. Your story has this power!

All stories will be published on our blog (http://priceokulturiroma.tumblr.com/). We want to build an online selection of your stories to discover what is and what should be happening, but also to instigate a different debate, the one from which heros and role models can arise. We believe that through your stories Romani community can be represented more authentically locally and globally. This is what we call.

CATEGORIES

To inspire you, we created 4 categories for your stories. Please note that you can assign more than one category to your entry or entries.

Culture

Do you celebrate any holiday in any particular way? Do you know some sayings and tales passed through in your family? Share your traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community passed through the generations by word of mouth.

Talent

Are you a poet or a writer? Can you paint? Are you an outstanding musician? Share your story and art.

Courage

Do you know some local hero? Or are you a one? Do you have a strength to overcome all obstacles and to fight for better life for your community? Share your projects and achievements.

Friendship

Do you help Romani comunities in any way? Is there something what you have learnt from this experience? Maybe something we all could benefit from? Share your stories, observations and lessons learned.

 WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

ANYBODY. Particularly encouradged to take part are students, professionals and Romani rights activists.

GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

  1. Your written contribution should not exceed 700 words. Have you written a novel, which you would like to share? Please, choose only an extract of not more then 700 words.
  2. Do not be afraid to get personal. We want to know who you are. Introduce yourself at the beginning.
  3. Stories are powerful tools. They can teach, inspire and motivate. Think twice what kind of message are you about to convey. We do not support stereotypes! They are everywhere around us. We want to know what is hidden underneath.
  4. You are particularly encouradged to accompany your contribution with any other media work (photography or link to a video). These should be of a good quality to be posted alongside the story. Please declare the authorship of the work, if you are not the (only) author.
  5. You can send your stories to evam@vasaprava.org .

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR STORY!

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Building Strong Civil Society in BiH Assumes Protection of Children’s Rights at all Levels of Government

Results of the EU funded project “Children’s Role for a Strong Civil Society” were presented in on 31st July 2014, Sarajevo, in presence of representatives of the EU Delegation to BiH, BiH Ministry of Justice, BiH Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, Joint Commission for Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, Office of the Prosecutor of the Federation of BiH, Municipal Court of Sarajevo, as well as representatives of UNICEF, UNHCR, United States Embassy and a number of NGOs.

The final set of the recommendations was initially promoted at the workshop that took place a day prior to the closing event. The workshop brought together stakeholders and experts on children’s rights issues, representatives of BiH authorities and international organisations, social work institutions, lawyers, independent legal aid providers, civil society organizations, to discuss key findings of the project on the status of children’s rights and access to justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in particular, implementation gaps and practical obstacles in access to justice for vulnerable children..

The project “Children’s Role for a Strong Civil Society”, among other things, delivered publication containing extremely interesting findings based on research on the status of children’s rights and access to justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The booklet will be used by the BiH authorities and by the EU Delegation to BiH  as a basis for future projects and reforms.

The final report can be downloaded from the below link:

“The European Union will continue to support the Bosnian partners and civil society in promoting and protecting children’s rights”, said Natalia Dianiskova, Head of the Operations Section for the Social Development, Civil Society and Cross Border Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and added: “It’s one of the smaller projects of the European Union, but it’s very important because it’s supposed to increase the role of children and their rights in the society, to protect them further and to make sure that their rights are protected at all levels in Bosnia and Herzegovina…”

 The project “Children’s Role for a Strong Civil Society” aimed at promoting the development of a more dynamic civil society, which actively participates in the public debate on human rights and social inclusion, and a child-tailored justice system in Bosnia and Herzegovina.