SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF ROMA HEALTH IN SLOVAKIA – ACCESS TO WATER AND WASTE MANAGEMENT
The project started in 2019 and is focused on the lack of access to safe drinking and violations of the right to health due to environmental polution in marginalized Roma settlements in Slovakia. Our objective is to map the situation with the view to start litigating the systematic violations of the right to health and right to housing in marginalized Roma communities. We closely cooperate with the Centre for Civil and Human Rights seated in Košice.
The key acticities are strategic litigation and advocacy, notably before the UN Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and sociological research in localities with environmental polution.
As part of the project, Forum published a study mapping social determinants of health in marginalized Roma communities. The author of the study is Miriam Kanioková.
The project is realised with financial support of the Open Society Foundation (Public Health Program).
Information and Communications: Cornerstones of Justice for Victims of Crime with Disability
FORUM is implementing a Europe-wide two-year project (July 2020 – June 2022) focusing on creating practical tools for people with disabilities who are victims of crime, to help ensure that they can participate actively in criminal justice processes. The EU Victims’ Rights Directive (2012/29/EU) guarantees victims the rights, among others, to understand and be understood, to information, and to be heard. Where criminal justice professionals fail to provide victims with disabilities with accessible information, do not have the knowledge and tools to communicate in ways victims with disabilities can understand, or cannot support victims with disabilities to express their needs and experiences, these rights are violated and victims do not receive justice.
People with intellectual disabilities, people with psychosocial disabilities and people with physical disabilities are the focus of the project, including those who experience multiple and intersecting discrimination because of their disability together with their gender, ethnicity, or other status.
The project is taking place in seven EU countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia). FORUM is responsible for the implementation in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The project is financially supported by the European Union
PRACTICE (Procedural Rights for All Children in jusTICE)
This pilot project (1/1/2020-31/12/2021) aims at building the capacity of judges and other relevant professionals to ensure effective individual assessments of children in criminal proceedings in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
It will thereby support implementation of EU Directive 2016/800, as well as international human rights law obligations of the states concerned. As the EU Directive 2016/800 recognises, all children, when suspected or accused of crime, require particular measures to ensure that their procedural rights are upheld and their best interests protected. This is even more so for children with additional specific vulnerabilities for whom the right to individual assessment under Article 7 of the Directive is of special importance. It is crucial not only that such an assessment is thoroughly carried out, but also that it is fully taken into account and applied by judges, prosecutors and other relevant professionals (recital 39 of the Directive). Such implementation measures are necessary not only for compliance with the Directive and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, but also to meet obligations under international human rights law, including those under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) concerning the best interests of the child (article 3 CRC) and the right to be heard (article 12 CRC).
The main objective of the project is to contribute to better protection of the procedural rights of children suspected or accused of crimes.
The project is coordinated by the ICJ-EI in partnership with Forum for Human Rights. There will be three training seminars organized in Prague, Brno and Bratislava for 60 judges, lawyers, prosecutors and other relevant professionals from Czechia, Slovakia and a few from selected other EU countries, in order to increase the knowledge of judges and other relevant professionals about EU and international law on these rights, especially on individual assessments and to promote exchange of best practices between these professionals and their EU counterparts.
In the second part of the project the ICJ-EI will draft and publish recommendations on individual assessments of children with specific vulnerabilities, to support an EU-wide interpretation and application of Article 7 of Directive 2016/800, in light of international human rights law. These will be also adapted to a child-friendly format to ensure the accessibility of project outputs. The project results will be presented during a final event in Brussels.
The project is financially supported by the European Union
FAIR PLUS: Fostering Access to Immigrant’s Rights – Practical training for 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 (2018 – 2021) project called Fostering Access to Immigrant’s Rights – Practical training for 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.
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.
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 implemented the Europe-wide two years (2018 – 2020) long project called Freedom from hate: Empowering civil society to counter cyberhate against Roma.
The overall objective was 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 included 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 also organised a professional training seminar on the strategic fight against hate speech on the Internet.