Macedonia

Civil Rights Defenders follows the developments in Macedonia and performs advocacy activities to strengthen human rights in the country. Through our previous collaborations, we have monitored the judicial system and trial procedures, detention facilities and police behaviour. Two important laws, which we have promoted together with partners, have been adopted; the Law on free legal aid and the Law against discrimination.

Read about the current human rights situation in our country report Human rights in Macedonia

Enabling Roma communities to access basic human rights

The main objective of Civil Rights Defenders cooperation with the organisation ARKA is to register, and provide identification documents, to around 300 Roma individuals in Skopje, Kumanovo, Kratovo, and Kriva Palanka regions. The registration will give them access to basic human rights; such as the right to education, health care, social allowances, as well as the possibility to get a legal employment and the right to vote in general elections.

Improving accountability of duty holders

Civil Rights Defenders have cooperated with the Macedonian Helsinki Committee for more than a decade, with the main focus to enhance awareness and respect for human rights and the rule of law in Macedonia. By providing free legal aid we not only improve people’s access to justice but also monitor the respect of human rights by authorities, and put pressure on authorities to comply with international and national human rights standards.