The implementation of the project on “Strengthening the Capacity of the Turkish Judiciary on Freedom of Expression"

The Launching Event of the Council of Europe and European Union Joint Project on Strengthening the Capacity of the Turkish Judiciary on Freedom of Expression will be held on 11 December 2014 in Ankara. The occasion will be honored by the participation of H.E. Mr. Bekir Bozdağ, Minister of Justice, and high level representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, the Council of Europe, Central Finance and Contracts Unit and Turkish judiciary.

Kick-off meeting for the launch of the course on Family Law and Human Rights for Austrian legal professionals

The kick-off meeting for the launch of the course on Family Law and Human Rights will be held in Vienna on 10 December 2014 at the premises of the Federal Ministry of Justice. The event will take place in the presence of Mr Axel Weissenfels, judge and representative from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Oliver Scheiber, judge and HELP Focal point for Austria, Mr Rupert Wolff, attorney, President of the Austrian Bar and Mr Roberto Rivello, manager of the HELP Programme.

News release of the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commisioner: Bosnia & Herzegovina: UN experts raise alarm on imminent release of a man convicted of genocide

19 November 2014 - A group of United Nations human rights experts have raised the alarm over the potential imminent release of Mr. Milorad Trbic, who was convicted in 2009 by the Bosnian State Court of committing genocide in Srebrenica and sentenced to 30 years in prison. The experts' call comes after the Bosnian Constitutional Court quashed the verdict and ordered a retrial, without questioning Mr. Trbic's guilt. The Constitutional Court has overruled over a dozen other convictions for war crimes and aiding genocide over the past year, following its highly questionable legal interpretation of the European Court of Human Rights judgment in Maktouf and Damjanović.   

Seminar for disciplinary prosecutors

Seminar for judges and prosecutors who act as disciplinary prosecutors in disciplinary proceedings was held on 4 and 5 December 2014 at the Belgrade hotel "Tulip Inn". The seminar was held under the title "Dilemmas and Challenges of disciplinary proceedings" and it was a part of the Joint European Union – Council of Europe Project “Strengthening the Capacities of Law Enforcement and Judiciary in the Fight against Corruption in Serbia” (PACS). The seminar was organized by Council of Europe and OSCE Mission to Serbia.

Kick-off meeting for the launch of the course on Community sanctions and measures as one answer to prison overcrowding for Montenegrin legal professionals

The kick-off meeting for the launh of a new distance learning course on the topic "Community sanctions and alternative measures to detention as one answer to prison overcrowding" was held in Podgorica on December 3, 2014. Within the agenda of this meeting there was organized promotion of the participants and delivery of certificates to those who have successfully completed the first distance learning course in Montenegro on the topic of anti-discrimination. The certificates were delivered by the Tutor of the first as well as the Tutor of the new distance-learning course Ms. Snezana Armenko, judge of the Basic Court in Podgorica and Ms. Maja Milosevic, Director of the Center for Judicial Training of Montenegro.

Launch of the course on the European Convention on Human Rights and Asylum for Belgian legal professionals

On 4 December 2014 the kick-off meeting for the launch of the course on the European Convention on Human Rights and Asylum will be held in Brussels. The pilot course will be launched for a first group of 30 Belgian magistrates and other legal professionals involved in the asylum procedure in Belgium.

The kick-off meeting is organised in close cooperation with the Commissariat Général aux Réfugiés et Apatrides. The Institut de Formation Judiciaire (IFJ), as the HELP Network partner institution in Belgium, is involved in the event as well. The course will be launched under the auspices of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.  

The curriculum has been elaborated jointly by the UNHCR and the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe, through its HELP Programme.

II Working Groups meetings on Pre-trial investigation and Ill-treatment in the light of the ECHR

The members of the two Working Groups on Pre-trial investigation and Ill-treatment in the light of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) are meeting on Kyiv on 21 and 22 November 2014.

The members of the Working Groups, who met for the first time in Strasbourg on 15 and 16 October 2014, will have the opportunity to discuss the outline of the two curricula.

Guidebook on International Judicial Cooperation

The Secretariat of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) is proud to announce the launch of a new guidebook on International Judicial Cooperation in Turkey, which can be accessed via the following link

The objectives of the Project on Improving the Efficiency of the Criminal Justice System are to facilitate improvements to the Turkish criminal justice system in line with European standards and to enhance the application of human rights standards in the criminal justice system. The Project is co-financed by the European Union, the Republic of Turkey and the Council of Europe, the latter of which is also charged with its implementation. In keeping with the objectives outlined above, the Project endeavours to strengthen the capacity of Turkey in international judicial cooperation.

Conference on European non discrimination law and Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals

The Council of Europe, in the framework of the HELP Programme, organises a conference on “Eureopean non discrimination law and Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals – An introduction to the HELP Programme”. The Conference is organised in cooperation with Unione Forense per la Tutela dei Diritti Umani and Centro Studi sui Diritti Umani dell’Università Ca’ Foscari and i twill be held in Venice on 10 and 11 November 2014.

The Conference will focus on the anti-discrimination issues as related to the European Convenntion on Human Rights (ECHR) and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, in particular on Art. 14 of the Convention.

The conference will give the opportunity to introduce the HELP Programme to those who will be participating in the distance learning course on Anti-discimination, which will be launched for 20 Italian lawyers.

First edition of the HELP training-of-trainers

The first edition of the HELP training-of-trainers course (ToT) was scheduled in Strasbourg from Monday 3 November to Thursday 6 November 2014. The purpose was to ensure for legal professionals a high quality of training on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

The ToT focused mainly on Anti-discrimination issues in the view of the co-operation between the HELP Secretariat and the Council of Europe’s Equality and Human Dignity Department, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Division and with the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues.

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