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International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November 2013

Violence against women represents a serious violation of human rights which as a phenomenon manifests as a result of the discriminatory treatment i.e. inequality between men and women. 

Considering that women should receive special protection from this kind of violence, the General Assembly of the UN with resolution 54/134 on December 17th, 1999 declared November 25th as the International...

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Pre-trial detention turned into a cruel and inhumane punishment 22 November 2013

In the course of the last few months a larger number of complaints were submitted to the Helsinki Committee regarding the pre-detention measure. In the complaints the main remarks are about the procedures for imposing and extending the measure, its duration, the lack of use of alternative measures, overcrowding, the bad living conditions and the unsuitable health care. Given these conditions,...

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Universal Children’s Day 20 November 2013

In accordance with Resolution 836 (IX) adopted on December 14th 1954 by the General Assembly of the UN, today the International Children’s Day is marked. On this date the International Declaration for Children’s Rights was adopted by member-states of UN on November 20th 1959 as an unbinding document, after which followed the adoption of the three Optional Protocols which bind the countries to...

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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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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...