Corner Press release

Press invitation: Banks discriminate against the blind and visually impaired persons 02 December 2013

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights is pleased to invite you to the press-conference that will take place on December 3rd 2013 (Tuesday) from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the EU Info Center in Skopje

 The reason for the press-conference is to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and to inform the public about the discriminatory conduct by the banks towards the blind and the...

Corner Press release

The Commission for Protection against Discrimination should alter its practice 28 November 2013

The Commission for Protection against Discrimination does not recognize the discrimination against persons treated for opioid addiction. In the opinion that it adopted after the complaint by the organization HOPS - Healthy Options, the Commission considers that it is neither disturbing nor discriminatory to treat these persons in a degrading manner when they receive health services in the PHI...

Corner Reports

Monthly report - October 2013 26 November 2013

The Monthly report on the human rights situation in the Republic of Macedonia for October 2013 includes the following topics: Unconstitutional obstruction of the protest for support of the journalist Kezarovski; Overcrowding in the pre-trial detention units in prisons throughout the country; Insufficient transparency in the selection of candidates for employment from the socially vulnerable...

Corner Press release

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...

Corner Press release

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,...

Corner Press release

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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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...