Belgrade Centre for Human Rights
The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (Beogradski centar za ljudska prava, or BCHR) was established by a group of human rights experts and activists in February 1995 with the goal of opposing the authoritarian regime of Slobodan Milosevic, establishing democracy and strengthening the rule of law and civil society.
The current purpose of the centre is to research and disseminate information regarding human rights and humanitarian law. BCHR aims to promote the development of democracy and rule of law in Serbia, successor states of the former Yugoslavia and all societies in transition from authoritarian to democratic rule.
Since the democratic change, BCHR has worked to advance the theory, legislation and practice of human rights in Serbia. BCHR’s most recent activities include assisting Serbian institutions in the process of European integration. BCHR works with members of legislative bodies, law enforcement officers, NGO activists, businesses, military officers, victims of human rights violations, academics, students and journalists to build a coalition of actors working for change toward this goal.
BCHR’s activities include:
- Monitoring and reporting of the observance of human rights in Serbia
- Assistance to applicants to the Constitutional Court of Serbia, the European Court of Human Rights and international treaty bodies
- Promotional activities
- Legal assistance to asylum seekers
For its achievements in the area of human rights, the centre was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize in 2000. BCHR is a member of the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI), the Balkan Human Rights Network and the European Council of Refugee and Exiles (ECRE).
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