Human Security and Migration Litigation Workshop

England, London, 27th and 28th January 2011. Organized by the INTERIGHTS, this workshop gathered lawyers and human rights activists, NGO representatives, from Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and the Caucasus, to discuss the vulnerabilities of migrants to a wide range of human rights abuses. The workshop has dedicated special attention to a) facilitating cooperation and exchange of ideas and experiences between local lawyers; b) achieving a better understanding of the nature and scale of violations occurring in this context; c) examining legal strategies to address those violations; d) increasing the capacity of participating lawyers and NGOs to litigate abuses of human rights; etc.

From Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association “Vasa prava BiH” had its representative to take part in this interesting and capacity building workshop.

The workshop’s objectives included: facilitating cooperation and exchange of ideas and experiences between local lawyers and human rights defenders who are engaged in litigation and other forms of legal advocacy related to human security in the context of migration;  achieving a better understanding of the nature and scale of violations occurring in this context; examining legal strategies to address those violations, including the identification of applicable legal standards and appropriate international, regional and national legal fora; increasing the capacity of participating lawyers and NGOs to litigate abuses of human rights in the context of migration at international and regional level, especially before the European Court of Human Rights; improving INTERIGHTS’ understanding of the legal challenges existing in the field of human security and migration and the ways in which we can participate in addressing them; nurturing cooperation between INTERIGHTS and local lawyers and NGOs on the thematic issues identified below.

From Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association “Vasa prava BiH” had its representative to take part in this interesting and capacity building workshop. Executive director of “Vasa prava BiH” has had an opportunity to present some of the enormous work of our organization. The focus of his presentation were successful cases as well as continuous litigation efforts to enable procedural safeguards and access to justice as well as exercise of basic rights of asylum seekers, recognised refugees, migrants (especially failed asylum seekers) and victims of human trafficking. Particular attention was paid to challenges we see in day to day work in litigation of cases under Article 3, Article 5 and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The organizer of this event has shown willingness to future capacitate and professionally support “Vasa prava BiH” litigation efforts by sharing its knowledge and experience. We thank INTERIGHTS for enabling us to take part in this fruitful workshop.