FAIR PLUS: Fostering Access to Immigrant’s Rights – Practical training Lawyers and Judges
FORUM together with four other European partners (International Commission of Jurists (Belgium) – project coordinator, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna (Italy), Immigrant Council of Ireland (Ireland), Elliniko Symvoulio Gai Tous Prosfyges (Greece)) is implementing a Europe-wide three-year project called Fostering Access to Immigrant’s Rights – Practical training Lawyers and jUdgeS.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to better protection of the fundamental rights of migrants across European countries. This objective should be achieved through targeted training of judges and other stakeholders such as lawyers in the application of European Union law on fundamental human rights which will take place in the countries of the partners of the project. The project should also create and strengthen cooperation between national judges, lawyers and other stakeholders provide for an exchange of experience and good practice in the field of protection of migrant rights, both at national and international level.
The main activities of the project include the aforementioned events taking place in the Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Ireland and Greece, the creation of manuals dealing with the issue at hand and also the final international conference.
Freedom from hate: Empowering civil society to counter cyberhate against Roma
In cooperation with the international partner Minority Rights Group Europe and four European partners (Amalipe Center zamezhduetnicheski dialog I tolerantnost (Bulgaria), Inštitút ľudských práv (Slovakia), Romedia Alapitvany (Hungary) a Romsko nacionalno vijece (Croatia)) FORUM implements the Europe-wide two years long project called Freedom from hate: Empowering civil society to counter cyberhate against Roma.
The overall objective is to strengthen the capacity of civil society to implement effective counter-narrative campaigns, share best practices both with other partners and with organizations and activists focusing on the fight against hate speech and discrimination in the Czech environment.
The main activities of the project include the creation and implementation of effective counter-narrative campaigns targeting hate speech against Roma, their testing in the Czech context, identifying and sharing the best practices with other partners, organizations, and activists. FORUM will also organise a professional training seminar on the strategic fight against hate speech on the Internet.
Innovating European lawyers to advance rights of children with disabilities
In cooperation with the international partner, Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, FORUM implemented the Europe-wide project “Innovating European lawyers to advance rights of children with disabilities“. The project sought to strengthen the protection of rights of children with disabilities through educating legal professionals in Slovakia and the Czech Republic and six other EU countries by international experts in this area. Throughout the project the training course was provided to almost 150 legal professionals across eight EU countries.
FORUM also participated in the drafting of national innovating strategies for the Czech Republic and Slovakia including evaluation of the system and concrete recommendations for promoting rights of children with disabilities in national judicial systems.
The training materials have been translated and are made available here free of charge. As a result of national seminars, groups of lawyers and other professionals have also developed national legal innovation strategies, each of which sets out key human rights issues faced by children with mental disabilities in each country and which sets out strategies for enhancing access to justice.
National Legal Innovation Strategies
Co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union
These publications have been produced with the financial support of the European Union within the framework of the project “Innovating European lawyers to advance the rights of children with disabilities” (project number: JUST/2014/RCHI/AG/PROF/7362). The contents of these publications can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.
On an ongoing basis, FORUM carries out two other projects: International advocacy and Strategic litigation.
FORUM promotes international human rights standards at the national level by coordination, drafting and submitting alternative reports on the implementation of international human rights treaties at the national level. FORUM has rich experience in the reporting and participating in the hearings of the human rights bodies. The organisation is active in front of the UN treaty bodies also by means of an active advocacy directed at the members of the Committees. FORUM also supports national human rights organisations when submitting alternative reports and participating in the hearings.
Find more information in the section on ADVOCACY.
FORUM represents or supports a number of strategic cases before national and international organs. Through strategic litigation, we seek to achieve higher standards of human protection and to secure a remedy for the victim of human rights violation. FORUM provides assistance and legal representation in following areas:
- rights of persons with disability
- prevention from ill-treatment, including protection of victims of ill-treatment
- rights of children
- rights of migrants
- rights of LGBTI
- protection from discrimination
Find more information in the section on LITIGATION.