Corner Reports

The situation at the border crossings Gevgelija and Kumanovo for the period of November, 2017 28 December 2017

Monthly report for November 2017 on the situation at the border crossings Gevgelija and Kumanovo includes the following topics: Available facilities and conditions at the camp, Institutional treatment and irregular migration. The report can be downloaded at the following link.


Over the course of this month, the number of refugees residing in the camp did not exceed 20. Greater...

Corner Press release

Failure to pay minimal salary and to determine normed labour input identified in a textile clothing manufacturer in Kratovo 25 December 2017

Following a request submitted by the Helsinki Committee to the State Labour Inspectorate – Regional Unit Kratovo for non-scheduled inspection oversight, several irregularities were found in the operations of DPD DE-TEKS DOO Probištip – affiliate no. 1 in Kratovo, regarding failure to determine the normed labour input, salaries for October 2017 paid to 43 workers in the amount lower than the...

Corner Press release

Failure to provide annual leave pay reported at a shoe factory in Kumanovo 19 December 2017

Breach of workers’ rights at a shoe manufacturing factory in Kumanovo was reported to the Helsinki Committee. According to claims in the report, the employer failed to provide annual leave pay to its employees for 2016. According to the Law on Labour Relations and the General Collective Labour Agreement for the private sector of real economy, employers have an obligation to pay their employees...

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The Kriva Palanka Primary Court rules in favor of KADORO OTTO workers 11 December 2017

The Primary Court in Kriva Palanka on 25/10/2017 ruled in favour of a suit filed by 105 female and male textile workers employed at the Kriva Palanka based DPČT KADORO OTTO DOOEL export-import. The Court ordered the employer against whom the suit was filed, to pay the female and male workers a total of 1,430,856.00 MKD, an outstanding amount for compensation of wages for February 2017, the due...

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Shoe manufacturing factory from Štip failed to pay annual leave pay and extra pay to salaries 28 November 2017

The State Labour Inspectorate – Regional Unit Štip identified irregularities and breach of workers’ rights at the Company for Shoe Manufacturing Bargala AD Štip. Following an initiative submitted by the Helsinki Committee asking for a non-scheduled inspection oversight to be conducted, an authorized labour inspector concluded that the employer failed to provide its workers with annual leave pay...

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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...