Documents: With tag Equality

 The importance of the humans rights-based approach in the response to the COVID-19 health crisis in Republic of North Macedonia

  •  29 March 2022
  •  Martina Smilevska Kcheva
  •  National
  •  Non-governmental organization
  •  Policy document

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 caused a health, economic and social crisis in the Republic of North Macedonia. In response to the pandemic, the government took a number of restrictive measures to prevent people from being exposed to the virus, thus slowing down its spreading, and introduced a set of measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the imposed restrictions. The adopted measures contributed significantly towards restricting citizens’ rights, and included a curfew, maintaining social distance, restricting movement and gathering, closing borders and stopping air traffic, online education, and the like. While such restrictions of the freedoms and rights may have, in part, been necessary to control the pandemic, many of them were too broad or neglected to consider effects on the most vulnerable categories of citizens, not only of the virus, but also of the socio-economic consequences. Hence, the purpose of this public policy paper is to analyze the response of the Gov

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 Immigration detention in North Macedonia expressed in numbers

  •  29 December 2021
  •  Igor Stojcevski
  •  National
  •  Non-governmental organization
  •  Report

The number of detained persons in 2021 (388) is continuously increasing compared to the previous years (2020 – 317, 2019 – 225). There is a slight decrease in the number of detained children in 2021 (55) compared to the same period in 2020 (76). The average period that children spent in detention in RTC Vinojug is 29 days and the maximum is 50 days. In most cases, legal guardian was appointed to the unaccompanied detained children. However sometimes there was a delay in the timely appointment of a guardian. In 2021 the persons were detained at three locations in RC Gazi Baba, RTC Vinojug and RTC Tabanovce. Migrants at RTC Vinojug who were detained as witnesses in the proceedings against the smugglers continued to be held in quarantine before being brought in front of a public prosecutor.

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 Влијанието на социјалните и на мас-медиумите во креирањето на јавното мислење последиците од него изразени преку градење стереотипи, дискриминација,

  •  15 December 2021
  •  National
  •  Non-governmental organization
  •  Report

 The Future of Freedom of Assembly in North Macedonia in the Digital Era

  •  19 November 2021
  •  Dushica Nofitoska, Vesna Dishlijoska
  •  National
  •  Non-governmental organization
  •  Analysis

The right to association and public assembly does not in itself mean only the association of citizens with a physical presence through which they would express dissatisfaction with a certain government decision that affects their rights and interests. In the last few years, there is a trend of increased use of Internet tools through which the citizens of a country can act in the online space just as they would act with a physical presence. In North Macedonia, the trend of using online tools is experiencing its peak with the proclamation of a Covid-19 pandemic. The purpose of this Analysis is to summarize the International Legal Framework on the freedom of peaceful assembly in the digital era and to present the state obligations. Also, to research the opportunities and challenges of the assemblies in the digital era and the impact of the new technologies in exercising of the right to free assembly. In the same time to make comparison and research on the concept of digitally-med

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 Report from consecutive visits on the situation and conditions in the penitentiary-correctional institutions in the Republic of North Macedonia in July 2021

  •  15 November 2021
  •  Ina Dzugumanova, Arben Gudachi
  •  National
  •  Non-governmental organization
  •  Report

his report was prepared within the framework of the project “Eliminaton of Torture and Inhuman Treatment in Prisons and Deteniton Facilities”, funded by the European Union. For the purposes of the project, a Memorandum of Cooperaton was signed between the Macedonian Young Lawyers Associaton, the Helsinki Commitee for Human Rights and the Administraton for Execution of Sanctions. The report is based on field visits by the representative of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights – Ina Dzugumanova, representatives of the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association – Arben Gudachi and Irena Zdravkova, as well as external experts hired by the monitoring team, psychiatrist – Marija Kostadinovska and psychotherapist – Elisaveta Sekulovska. The experts were hired to assess the potential impact of material condidions in prisons and detention facilities on persons staying in these facilities. The assessment was conducted by providing psychiatric and psychotherapeutic counseling to convicts and talking

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 Constitutional court of the Republic of North Macedonia, experience and perspectives

  •  13 September 2021
  •  Margarita Tsatsa Nikolovska, Igor Spirovski, Martin Sopronov
  •  National
  •  Non-governmental organization
  •  Analysis

Constitutional judiciary has been existing in Macedonia for almost six decades. The First Constitutional Court, as a separate constitutional order institution controlling constitutionality of laws and constitutionality and legality of other general legal acts, was introduced with the 1963 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia. Its organizational setting, powers and working procedures for exercising its jurisdiction were regulated in detail with a special law. In accordance with its powers, the Constitutional Court exercised additional a posteriori or conditional repressive control over the constitutionality of the laws by making decisions that had the legal effect of determining unconstitutionality of a law. Where the Assembly failed to harmonize the law within 6 months, the Constitutional Court would conclude, with a new decision, that such law was abrogated.

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 The (in)efficiency of State Labour Inspectorate’s protection of labour rights – Infographic number 7

  •  30 March 2021
  •  National
  •  Non-governmental organization
  •  Statistics

This infographic contains data on how does the State Labour Inspectorate handle requests for extraordinary inspection, as well as apposite recommendations for the improvement of the Inspectorate’s efficiency. The Infographic covers the period from January to March 2021 and was produced within the project ‘Improved productivity through better labour legislation in North Macedonia’, funded by the Good Governance Fund of the United Kingdom Government, with the support of the British Embassy Skopje. Opinions and views stated in the contents do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of the Government of the United Kingdom.

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 Дискриминацијата во Република Северна Македонија: правна регулатива, предизвици и перцепција за дискриминаторските основи

  •  14 December 2020
  •  National
  •  Non-governmental organization
  •  Analysis

 Special report on the situation with human rights during Covid-19

  •  13 October 2020
  •  National
  •  Non-governmental organization
  •  Report

The COVID-19 virus pandemic has caused global effects on a scale incomparable to any other event in human history. The fast-growing health crisis, which hit almost every country in the world, is causing unforeseeable economic and social consequences, from which humanity is yet to recover. Given the seriousness and uncertainty of the events, many governments, including ours, considered it necessary to declare a state of emergency in order to properly address the dangers and harms of the new coronavirus. And since in times of а state emergency the Government can take action beyond what would normally be allowed, it also meant an alarm for the vigilance of human rights defenders.

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 Between action and inaction – reforms in chapter 23

  •  16 April 2018
  •  European Policy Institute-Skopje and Helsinki Committee for the Human Rights
  •  National
  •  Non-governmental organization
  •  Report

This policy brief summarises the main findings and recommendations from the Shadow Report on Chapter 23 for the period from May 2016 to January 2018 prepared by the European Policy Institute-Skopje and the Helsinki Committee for the Human Rights. The reporting includes three distinct periods: - period prior to the early parliamentary elections on 11 December 2016, - transition period after the elections and before the formation of the new Government on 31 May 2017 and - period from the election of the new Government by the end of January 2018. The report presents the key developments in the analysed period and provides policy recommendations in each of the areas of Chapter 23. For a detailed analysis of all areas please see the Shadow Report.

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Key documents
  • European Commission Screening report for the Republic of Croatia
  • European Commission: Urgent Reform Priorities for the Republic of Macedonia
  • The Treaty on European Union
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