Official title of the project

Further Support to Refugees and IDPs in Serbia

Project information

Region / City
Cities
Serbia
Total budget of programme / project

1799600

Implementation period
2010. Nov - 2012. Nov
Expected results

- Provision of legal aid to refugees and IDPs currently residing in Serbia. Legal aid is necessary for the protection of the rights to property, health, education, social welfare and employment in the areas of origin (i.e. Kosovo and Metohija, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia). - Improved human rights monitoring, reporting and advocacy on legislative changes, obstacles to return and other areas affecting IDPs and refugees - Increased availability of timely and accurate information necessary for realization of the rights of IDPs and refugees and improved transfer of information to IDPs and refugees, the internationaland diplomatic community as well as relevant authorities at the national and regional level

Beneficiary

The Ministry for Kosovo and Metohija of the Republic of Serbia

Partners

- ICMPD - Hifswerk Austria International - Group 484

Summary of the project

The project activities are grouped in two components: 1. Legal Aid / Assistance provision • Provision of legal aid/assistance to IDPs and refugees, including direct representation of IDPs before courts and other relevant institutions in Kosovo and Metohija (KiM). The most frequent cases concern property rights, like illegal occupation of property, illegal construction, fraudulent transactions, exclusion from privatization lists. • Identification of practical obstacles to return to KiM, relying on actual findings in the field. • Development and implementation of an Advocacy Strategy in favour of IDP rights in KiM, aimed at highlighting the unresolved questions of IDPs’rights from KiM. • Analysis of institutional settings and legal framework in KiM, affecting the rights of IDPs. • Preparation and distribution of Human Rights Monitoring Reports. • Transfer of best practices and lessons learned from providing legal aid to refugees and IDPs 2. Information dissemination Information dissemination to main Project stakeholders through: • Public information/media campaigns(print and audiovisual materials distribution/ broadcasting) • Free Call Centre (for IDPs and refugees) • Project web site • Project Newsletter • Media coverage of Project success stories • Project organized (general and expert) public events

Programme/Project objectives

The overall objective of the Project is to improve the provision of legal aid/assistance and increase availability of timely and accurate information necessary for the realization of the rights of IDPs and refugees in Serbia.

Specific objectives

- Improved provision of legal aid/representation focusing on the protection of property and other rights; - Increased capacity of the Government of Serbia to assist Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees and vulnerable groups from Kosovo and Metohija to protect their property-related rights; - Improved Human Rights monitoring and reporting on legislative changes in legal framework and other areas affecting IDPs and refugees in their area of origin; - Increased availability of timely and accurate information necessary for realization of the rights of IDPs and refugees and improved transfer of information to IDPs and refugees, international community as well as relevant authorities at the national and regional level