HELP’s partner, the "Mémoire Albert Cohen" Foundation, awards literary prize

The prize is awarded by “Mémoire Albert Cohen” Foundation every year to a novel written in French, which questions the role of the foreigner, as Albert Cohen did in both his books and in his international career as a civil servant, through which he reflected his humanist approach, having promoted the rights of refugees and stateless persons in the aftermath of the Second World War. This year, the award winning novel is “Ce sont des choses qui arrivent” by Pauline Dreyfus.


The ceremony took place in the Constitutional Council, under the auspices of its President, Jean-Louis Debré, who emphasised that the mission of the Foundation has never been so relevant, with thousands of migrants dying every year at Europe’s borders. He also said that “liberty needs a state” and that humour is a vital accompaniment to the fight for freedom.


Launch of the course on Family Law and Human Rights for Italian Judges

The kick-off meeting for the launch of the distance learning course on Family Law and Human Rights for Italian judges will be held in Scandicci, Florence on 8 and 9 January 2015. The event is organised in cooperation with the Italian School for the Judiciary and it will take place at its premises.

After an introduction to HELP and its methodology, the kick-off meeting will be focusing on the role of the Italian judges in the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in the field of Family Law as well as the Italian legal framework.

Bosnia and Herzegovina must establish a political system for elections without discrimination

25.12.2014. Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg issued in July this year, which instructs BiH to adopt amendments to the Election Law and the Constitution of BiH in order to enable all citizens to run for the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH and the BiH Presidency became final after December 15, when appeal BiH filed to this verdict was rejected.

The application was filed by Azra Zornic who refused to declare affiliation to any particular ethnic group but declares herself as a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In accordance with the Constitution, only those who declare affiliation with the so-called “constituent peoples” (namely, Bosniacs, Croats and Serbs) are entitled to stand for election.

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.