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The fifth March of Tolerance has been held 18 November 2013

On the 16th of November 2013, the Helsinki Committee for human rights of the Republic of Macedonia and the LGBTI Support Centre, in cooperation with fourteen other civil organizations, held the March of Tolerance for the fifth time, decisively saying NO to violence, which is becoming a part of everyday life in our society.The March, with the slogan "Macedonia has love for all - Violence didn't...
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Condemnation of violence based on ethnicity 15 November 2013

The Helsinki Committee demands that the competent institutions have a prompt reaction regarding yesterday’s attack on juvenile citizens from the ethnic community in the bus No. 65 by a group of masked persons in Stajkovci, Skopje region, which disturbed the public. The news about the reaction of the local population and the bases for clashes between them and revenge based on ethnicity between...

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Tolerance March 2013 14 November 2013

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia and the LGBTI Support Centre are organizing the fifth March of Tolerance, taking place on the 16th of November, starting at 5 minutes before 12 o’clock, in front of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia.

 With the slogan “Macedonia has love for all – Violence didn’t start and won’t end with me!”, this year’s March,...

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Radio Campaign: Macedonia has Love for All 25 October 2013

Exactly one year since the opening of the LGBTI Support Center, after the frightening homophobic atmosphere and the five attacks, we continue on our way towards the goal that we have set out since the beginning: Equality for all people in the Republic of Macedonia.

In anticipation of the reopening of the Center in the Old Bazaar and the fifth March for Tolerance, the LGBT Support Center and the...

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Unconstitutional prevention of the protest for support of the journalist Kezharovski 23 October 2013

Today, October 23rd 2013, contrary to the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia, the Criminal Code and the Law on Public Gatherings, police officers prevented a peaceful protest from taking place and restricted the free movement of citizens. The protest was announced yesterday through the media by the Initiative Board for the Release of the Journalist Tomislav Kezarovski. The place, time...

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The verdict on the case of the journalist Tomislav Kezharovski is a serious precedent 21 October 2013

The Helsinki Committee has been following the case of the journalist Tomislav Kezharovski since the beginning and has already reacted twice regarding the imposition and extension of the pre-trial detention measure, stating that courts have adopted those decisions in a procedure contrary to the European Convention of Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

Moreover,...

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Corner-aside Human Rights Watch

Police Brutality against Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Macedonia Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Following pressure by the Ombudsman’s Office and civil society groups such as the Macedonian Helsinki Committee and Legis, as well as the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, authorities also began transferring or releasing migrants and asylum seekers from...

Corner-aside Balkan Insight

Macedonia Accused of Double Standards Over Detentions Friday, 19 August 2016

The Macedonian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights has also complained of the misuse of pre-trial detention. It said in a recent report that it was “especially concerned about the manner in which detention is imposed, even when the legal...

Corner-aside Balkan Insight

Court Deals Macedonian Lustration Knockout Blow Thursday, 28 July 2016

This criticism came after wiretapped tapes of officials’ conversations, released by the opposition, suggested that the government had been meddling with the lustration process. The rulings by the Administrative Court “are probably a result of the...