Call for expressions of interest - Take part in the focus group to be held in Belgrade

15 / novembar / 2019.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 15 November 2019 - A focus group is scheduled to take place in Belgrade between 20 - 27 November. Are you interested in taking part in this event? If yes, message us at info@tritacke.org

This focus group is one among many research and data collection activities being implemented under the "Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding: From Static to Dynamic Discovers across the Nation, Ethnic, Gender and Age Groups" project.
The purpose of this project is to find out how people interact with each other in their post-conflict discussions on justice. The research will compare how people discuss these topics while simultaneously belonging to different groups, such as ethnic, national, gender or age groups. The aim of the project is to determine the extent to which these discussions promote peacebuilding and how they do it. The motivation of the project is to learn from experiences of countries of the former SFRY in order to provide lessons to other regions in the world recovering from conflict.
Holding series of focus groups is envisaged by the project and the plan is to hold one of them in Belgrade. Prior knowledge on the topic of transitional justice is not mandatory; participants should be up to 35 years old. Focus group shall not take longer than 1-1.5 hours.
Our organisation provides an ad hoc support to colleagues involved in the research by gathering participants for a focus group that will take place in Belgrade. Mr Ivor Sokolic PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is engaged in the research component of this project and will lead this focus group.
If you are interested in taking part in this event, let us know at info@tritacke.org

Strengthening the prevention and response of national institutions to human trafficking

18 / oktobar / 2019.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 18 October 2019 - What is human trafficking? What do international and domestic laws and regulations say about human trafficking? What is the scope of this problem in the world and how does it manifest itself in Serbia? What are the causes of human trafficking and what are the phases in the process?  What are the indicators of human trafficking? Do we have adequate national anti-trafficking policies? What is and how does the national referral mechanism operate? 

All these questions and more were covered during the one-day training. Our activist Andjelka Markovic held an one-day training for civil servants on human trafficking at the National Academy for Public Administration in Belgrade. The purpose of the training was to improve the response of Serbian authorities to trafficking in human beings. The training was attended by 20 civil servants from different national-level institutions. This was the first lecture of this kind at the Academy and was delivered on 18 October, thus marking symbolically the European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings. 

Selected Cases - Court Case KP. no. 5/03, Key Documents and Transcripts of Trial Hearings

20 / avgust / 2019.

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Belgrade, 20 August 2019 - New content was posted today in the selected case-law section. Click here to download original key documents from the court case KP. no. 5/03 - trial for assassination of Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Zoran Djindjic.

We will occasionally publish original key documents from selected trials held before the local courts as well as from those held before the courts in the region (the ones where trial hearings were open for the public and where the court decision has become final).
By their specificity certain cases are relevant for the reform processes in Serbia and/or the rule of law and /or for democratization, yet due to circumstances (lack of transparency, lack of cooperation between institutions, lack of resources or for other reasons) they remain either unavailable or not easily accessible to the general public. We intent to make the the original key documents containing proceedings, the established facts, the outcome of such trials easily accessible and available to the general public. 

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Ensure the integrity of the selection process of a new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection

18 / jun / 2019.

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Belgrade, 18 June 2019 - Our organisation joins the appeal to the Culture and Information Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia to follow the criteria of transparency, openness and integrity when selecting a new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, thus enabling the general public to get the access to all relevant information and to be included in the selection process.
Our organisation also supports the election of Mrs Nevena Ruzic as a candidate to serve as the new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection.
Here you can learn more about this initiative that received support of more than 100 civil society organizations, media and representatives of the expert public.  

Transitional Justice Program - New push to our efforts

16 / jun / 2019.

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Belgrade, 16 June 2019 - One of major drives of our activism is the non-existent dealing with the past in the region of former SFRY (in regard to conflicts that took place by the end of XX century). One of our goals is to keep the causes of such circumstances under the spotlight, both in Serbia and in the region. Also we intent to design, to propose, to advocate and to implement activities that will change the current circumstances.
Thus we are encouraged and proud that as of today our TJP structure became stronger. Mrs Sarah Correia PhD will be providing us with additional expertise, guidance and advisory support so to ensure that the activities that we plan, the content that we provide and the results we achieve in the field of transitional justice are creating visible and sustainable change.
Mrs Correia holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she is currently engaged as a teaching associate .You can read her biography here

Call for Applications - Second Training on Integrity Plans for Women Activists

01 / jun / 2019.

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Belgrade, April 1, 2019 - Under the "Towards the Integrity of Institutions of the Social Policy System in the South and East of Serbia" project, partner organisations Roma Center for Democracy (Bujanovac), NGO Three Points (Belgrade) and citizens association RIME (Zajecar) are announcing Call for Applications for second training on integrity plans in institutions of the social policy system with competencies in cases of trafficking in human beings and cases of partner or family violence.
 
Training on integrity plans in institutions of the social policy system and on how they could bring improvement in implementation of laws and regulations in cases of trafficking in human beings and in cases of partner or family violence is being organised for women activists from south and south-eastern parts of Serbia. The training will be held from 27 - 30 June 2019 in Nis.
  
Find more information about the Call for Applications here (in Serbian)

Consultative meeting with American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative representatives

17 / maj / 2019.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 17 May 2019  -  Our activists took part in a consultative meeting with representatives of the American Rar Association Rue of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), held in the Human Rights House

The aim of the meeting was to retrospect on the previous cooperation between ABA ROLI and civil society organisations and exchange information on the current situation regarding rule of law in Serbia. During the discussion challenges in work of public prosecutors were mentioned yet along with the fact that communication between public prosecutors and the general public is an exception rather than a rule. Improvements need to be made in the area of integrity - including personal integrity of prosecutors, integrity of the institution and the integrity of the selection process of prosecutors / deputy prosecutors. Both judicial and prosecutorial organizations and associations need to be strenghtened - there will be no tangible results in rule of law if majority is not actively engaged and connected strongly with other actors. YUCOM representatives spoke about the challenges in the process of upcoming constitutional changes, on recent changes / ammendments to the Criminal Code, as well as on the process of drafting, adopting and upcoming implenentation of the Free Legal Aid Act.     

Find out more about the activities of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative here

First training on integrity plans in institutions of the social policy system successfully completed

12 / maj / 2019.

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Nis, 12 May 2019 - The first of several trainings titled "Integrity plans in institutions of the social policy system with competencies in cases of trafficking in human beings and in cases of partner or domestic violence" took place from 9 - 12 May in Nis. First group of 10 women activists from central and eastern parts of Serbia learned about integrity plans in institutions assigned with protecting rights of victims of family an/ or partner violence and trafficking in human beings. The training presentations were delivered by experts from the Division for Integrity Plans of the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Serbia, and the and the City of Belgrade’ Centre for Social Work, as well as by experienced human rights activists.
 
Among other, capacities of participants to identify links between violations of rights caused by irregularities in performance of local institutions of the social policy system with competencies in cases of family and/or partner violence and human trafficking, and measures listed in mandatory anti-corruption mechanism tailored to prevent irregularities in the performance of institutions (integrity plan) were developed. By familiarizing participants with integrity plans, awareness was raised on the need and importance of properly assessed risks and adequately determined deadlines and measures for their elimination in integrity plans.
 
"Towards the Integrity of Institutions of the Social Policy System in the South and East of Serbia" project is jointly implemented by the Roma Center for Democracy (Bujanovac), the NGO Three Points (Belgrade) and  citizens association RIME (Zajecar). The activities of the six-months project are focused on training women activists on integrity plans and on establishing the network of women activists for integrity of institutions with competences in cases of such crimes, with aim to improve the implementation of regulations in cases of trafficking in human beings and in cases of partner violence or family violence. Belgrade based TRAG Foundation supports the implementation of this project, under its "Stronger Together" program.
 
Photos of the course of training are available here

Participation in the consultative worktop of the GOPAC branch with civil society organizations representatives

22 / april / 2019.

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Belgrade, 22 April 2019 - Our activist took part in a consultative workshop organized by the National Branch of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), that was held in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The aim of this meeting was for MPs to hear about problems in fighting corruption from CSO perspective, so the branch could project its future actions precisely.
 
Representatives of civil society organizations listed dozens  of problems in the implementation of laws, issues with (lack of) performance of institutions in cases of corruption, as well as examples of problematic sections of laws either to be adopted or adopted already. Particularly emphasized were the problems in the media, which in opinion of many have been extended to the point where even the security of journalists is threatened. Ignoring of initiatives and proposals of citizens / civil society and their viewpoints, as well as the absence of dialogue were also mentioned. Almost all CSO representatives warned present MPs about the fact that the Parliament few years in the row did not consider reports of independent bodies in plenary thus failing to exercise control over the work of the Government. Speaking on behalf of Three Points, Andjelka Markovic pointed out that whole series of annual reports issued by the Ombudsman warned about the situation in the social work centres linking the situation to cases of domestic violence / partner violence (including ones that ended with murders), but findings of these reports were never discussed in plenary.
 
The meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, members of Parliament, representatives of organizations Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Transparency Serbia, Crime Investigation and Corruption Network, Bureau for Social Research, Three Points, Law Scanner, Center for Educational Policies, Belgrade Center for Security Policy and CRTA, as well as by representatives of the United Nations Development Program in Serbia and the Swiss Cooperation Office.  

Call for Applications - Training on Integrity Plans for Women Activists

01 / april / 2019.

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Belgrade, April 1, 2019 - Under the "Towards the Integrity of Institutions of the Social Policy System in the South and East of Serbia" project, partner organisations Roma Center for Democracy (Bujanovac), NGO Three Points (Belgrade) and citizens association RIME (Zajecar) are announcing Call for Applications for training on integrity plans in institutions of the social policy system with competencies in cases of trafficking in human beings and cases of partner or family violence.
 
Training on integrity plans in institutions of the social policy system and on how they could bring improvement in implementation of laws and regulations in cases of trafficking in human beings and in cases of partner or family violence is being organised for women activists coming from central and eastern parts of Serbia. The training will be held from 9 - 12 May 2019 in Nis.
  
Find more information about the Call for Applications here (in Serbian)

Towards the Integrity of Institutions of the Social Policy System in the South and East of Serbia

25 / februar / 2019.

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Belgrade, 25 February 2019 - "Towards the Integrity of Institutions of the Social Policy System in the South and East of Serbia" project is jointly implemented by the Roma Center for Democracy (Bujanovac), NGO Three Points (Belgrade) and citizens association RIME (Zajecar). 
 
Activities of the six-months project are focused on training women activists on integrity plans and on establishing the network of women activists for integrity of institutions with competences in cases of such crimes, with an aim to improve the implementation of regulations in cases of trafficking in human beings and in cases of partner violence or family violence. Belgrade based TRAG Foundation supports the implementation of this project, under its "Stronger Together" program.
 
It is expected that, among other, capacities of participants to identify links between rights violations caused by irregularities in performance of local institutions of the social policy system with competencies in cases of family and/or partner violence and human trafficking, and measures listed in mandatory anti-corruption mechanism tailored to prevent irregularities in the performance of institutions (integrity plan) will be developed. By familiarizing participants with integrity plans, awareness will be raised on the need and importance of properly assessed risks in integrity plans as well as on importance of adequately determined deadlines and measures for their elimination.
 
Since 2008, adoption of and implementation of integrity plans has been mandatory for public authorities (all budget users) in the Republic of Serbia. Integrity plans, among other, represent a key tool for elimination of factors within institutions that cause difficulties or obstruct enforcement of laws and regulations. Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Serbia oversees the implementation of integrity plans. 
In its monitoring of implementation of integrity plans in institutions of the social policy system with competencies in cases of family or partner violence and trafficking in human beings, the Anti-Corruption Agency bases its findings on self-assessment of institutions. Participation of citizens and / or civilian oversight does not exist. Our joint initiative will create conditions for participation of citizens and / or civilian oversight in regard to integrity plans of local institutions of the social policy system, as well as conditions for local pressure to prevent irregularities in institutions which lead to non-implementation of laws and regulations.
 
Total of twenty women activists from central, eastern and southern parts of Serbia will be trained. All trained individuals will later on come together in a network of activists from ​​central, eastern and southern Serbia for integrity of institutions whose proper performance is vital for rights of victims of family or partner violence or trafficking in human beings.

"Local Anti-Corruption Plans - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions"

18 / februar / 2019.

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Belgrade, 18 February 2019 - In the upcoming period, organizations Bureau for Social Research and Three Points will jointly develop the "Local Anti-Corruption Plans - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers" document.  
 
The purpose of this document is to provide answers and solutions for gaps and problems observed during the ongoing development and implementation of local anti-corruption plans (LAP) in 145 local self-government units in the Republic of Serbia. 
The final document will provide answers to the principle questions in the beginning, followed with answers to dillemmas that emerge during LAP development, during the selection and functioning of the Commission for the selection of an Independent Monitoring Body assigned to oversee the implementation of the LAP, then to issues related to the election of members of Independent Monitoring Body and to questions about the establishment and the commencement of work of the Independent Monitoring Body. The document will conclude with clarification of dillemmas related to the selection of the authority or public officer to be assigned with LAP coordination at the local self-government level.  
 
The development of this document is one of the activities undertaken within a broader project that aims to improve the accountability of authorities at the national and local levels. More information on this project, implemented in the Republic of Serbia since 2018, are available here. More information on local anti-corruption plans are available here

Accession to the Code of Ethics of Civil Society Organizations

14 / februar / 2019.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 14 February 2019 - Our organisation acceded today to the Code of Ethics of Civil Society Organizations.
 
The proclaimed goals we only can achieve if we practice what we preach - if we respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, if we act independently and practice accountability, if our work is transparent and all our activities are carried out professionally.

Only like this, we believe, a change will take place in a society - the change that (due to the continuous discrepancy between declarative commitments to values and practicing of those exact values) today almost seems unimaginable.
 
The Code of Ethics of Civil Society Organizations (in Serbian) is available here.

"Revisiting Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the Balkans"

23 / septembar / 2018.

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Pristina, 23 September 2018 - Academic Conference "Revisiting Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the Balkans" was held on 20-22. in September 2018 in Pristina. Forum ZFD Kosovo (Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst) and the University of Prishtina co-organised the event.
 
The Conference brought together scholars from diverse academic fields and practitioners who are working from different thematic and theoretical paradigms to explore approaches to dealing with the past and transitional justice approaches in post-SFRY space, and beyond.
 
The aim of the conference was to address a whole set of questions, including: Is it possible to identify novel paradigms and/or frameworks for dealing with the past? What is the potential of the rule of law to respond to antagonistic narratives of the past? How has transitional justice shaped the transition from conflict to peace? How is the past portrayed? Who is commemorated and how? Are the representations of the past becoming more inclusive and less antagonistic? What is the role of the state and civil society in the process of dealing with the past and conflict transformation? How have transitional justice mechanisms shaped narratives of the ‘troubled past’ in post-Yugoslav space?
 
The conference was attended by experts from universities, institutions and organizations from the United Kingdom, Germany, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Poland, Norway, Switzerland, Croatia, Australia, Hungary and from various parts of Kosovo.
 
During the "Restorative Justice and Truth-Seeking Initiatives" panel, Andjelka Markovic presented the findings of "Serbia: how did (if it did) the general public learn from institutions about war crimes from the recent wartime past and about related war crimes trials in 2016" pilot survey.
 
Find more details about the Conference here  

Academic Conference "Revisiting Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the Balkans"

16 / septembar / 2018.

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Belgrade, 16 September 2018 - The Three Points activist will take part in the international conference "Revisiting Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the Balkans", which will take place in Pristina on 20-22 September 2018. The conference organisers are the forumZFD Kosovo (Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst) and the University of Prishtina.
The aim of the Conference is to bring together scholars from diverse academic fields and practitioners who are working from different thematic and theoretical paradigms to explore approaches to dealing with the past and transitional justice approaches in Yugoslav successor states, and beyond
During the "Restorative Justice and Truth-Seeking Initiatives" panel, the Three Points activist, Andjelka Markovic will present the findings of our "Serbia: how did (if it did) the general public learn from institutions about war crimes from the recent wartime past and about related war crimes trials in 2016" pilot survey.  
 
More details about the Conference are available here.

Reading recommendation - Non-Governmental Organizations Report on Irregular Migration in 2017 for Southeast Europe

20 / avgust / 2018.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 20 August 2018 - The 2017 Report on Irregular Migration for Southeast Europe was published, the Three Points activists contributed to the Report.
 
The aim of this regional report is to provide a comprehensive overview of the situation regarding asylum in the region; to describe and analyze migration flows; to report on current changes in legislation, practices and policies at the national level in nine countries / territories of Southeast Europe that have been on the mass migration route since 2015. The report helps identify areas where intervention is needed to improve the situation and provides appropriate recommendations for future activities.
The content of the Report is based on information obtained from the non-governmental sector. The Three Points activist, Andjelka Markovic contributed to the collection of material for the Report on the topic of legislation on trafficking in human beings and smuggling of people in Serbia as well as on the situation in practice.
 
The Report was published by the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association. Download the Report here

Participation in the consultative meeting organized by the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Serbia

27 / april / 2018.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 27 April 2018 -  Three Points activists took part in a consultative meeting organized by the Anti-Corruption Agency
 
The aim of the meeting, which was conceived as a group interview, was to retrospect the previous cooperation of the Agency and civil society organizations, to map its successes and weaknesses and to provide guidance for future cooperation.
The representatives of civil society organizations actively discussed and provided representatives of the Agency with feedback, among other, on the role of the Agency, on visibility of its work, as well as on cooperation between CSOs and the Agency.
 
More information on meetings of the Agency with civil society organizations are available here

Access to citizenship and to rights arising from citizenship - Visit to Kosovska Mitrovica

13 / april / 2018.

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Kosovska Mitrovica, 13 April 2018 - Research and analytical work for a policy proposal was concluded during a working meeting in Kosovska Mitrovica.
 
At a meeting held on April 11-13 in Kosovska Mitrovica, the Three Points activists and the staff of NGO Aktiv concluded the research and analytical work and finalised the policy proposal on access to citizenship and to rights arising from citizenship.
In their work, the Three Points activists focused on legal framework of the Republic of Serbia - among other on regulations administering the issuance of documents issued by the Serbian Ministry of Interior Coordination Directorate for Kosovo and Metohija, then on the content of regulations of the Republic of Serbia on citizenship and on (types of) travel documents, then on steps (not) taken by the authorities of the Republic of Serbia to address the problems faced by holders of documents issued by the Coordination Directorate that reside in Kosovo and, finally, on legal and other mechanisms available to members of non-majority communities in Kosovo that may help / provide support in solving problems that arise in regard to access to citizenship and rights arising from citizenship.
The NGO Aktiv staff was focused on editing and on finalising of policy proposal, as well as on drafting of recommendations for decision makers.
 
The report from the presentation of the policy proposal and the final text of the policy proposal are available here.

Access to citizenship and to rights arising from citizenship - Cooperation with the NGO Aktiv

01 / mart / 2018.

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Belgrade, 1 March 2018 - Activists of our organization will cooperate in research and analytical work, within one of the components of the project implemented in Kosovo by NGO Aktiv
The implementation of the project ""Providing sustainable framework for civic participation and democratic decision-making on local and central institutional level in Kosovo" started back in December 2016. The aim of the project is to support the efforts of NGO Aktiv to contribute to pluralistic and inclusive decision-making practices in Kosovo that take into account interests and needs of minority communities as a prerequisite for the creation of democratic and tolerant society. 
The project envisaged the preparation and publishing of several policy proposals that will be directed towards the Kosovo authorities. The Three Points activists will contribute to drafting one of the policy proposals, namely of one related to access to citizenship and to rights arising from citizenship.
 
More information about the project are available here   

Presentation on the "Challenges for civil society in assisting, supporting, working with and inclusion of migrants" training in Nis

26 / decembar / 2017.

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Nis. 26 December 2017 - "Challenges for civil society in assisting, supporting, working with and inclusion of migrants" training for representatives of civil society organizations that advocate or provide support and / or assistance to victims of trafficking and gender-based violence, protection for children, migrants and refugees, was held on 25 - 27. December in Nis.
 
The training was held within the "Transnational Coalition of Southeast European NGOs for the Protection of Women and Children from Trafficking and Gender-Based Violence - STOP" project, coordinated by the Roma Center for Democracy.
On this occasion, the Three Points activist and project consultant Andjelka Markovic presented to CSO representatives the results of the opinion surveys on the problem of trafficking in human beings and the problem of gender-based violence in Serbia, which were conducted in the course of the project. During the second lecture, she presented key challenges in combating gender-based violence and human trafficking identified separately in Albania, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in FYR Macedonia, Serbia and in Kosovo.
 
Find out more about the project here

"Preventing and Fighting Human Trafficking in Serbia" - Cooperation in the activity to be carried out by the Council of Europe

12 / septembar / 2017.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 12 September 2017 -  The Three Points activist was selected as one of the consultants to take part in "Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking in Serbia" Action  on an as needed basis.
 As part of the European Union and Council of Europe programmatic framework “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, the Council of Europe will implement the action “Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Serbia”. The activity will be implemented in close cooperation with the institutions, as well as in cooperation with civil society organizations..

The action, which started on 1 October 2016 and will finish on 30 June 2018, will focus on supporting the preventive efforts and combating trafficking in human beings, as well as on improving legislation, policies and practices in particular areas.
Advice and support will be provided by experts in the field of combating human trafficking who have been selected by the Council of Europe in competitive process and will be engaged if needed. Among them is the Three Points activist, Andjelka Markovic. 
 
Find out more about the activity here.

"Regional Policies Proposals" round table was held in Belgrade

31 / januar / 2017.

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Belgrade, 31 January 2017 - The round table "Regional policies proposals for illegal migration, fighting trafficking in human beings, and recommendations for future national strategies for preventing and suppressing violence against women in the family and in partnerships and strategies for prevention of trafficking in human beings " was held in Palace of Serbia in Belgrade.
On this occasion, Three Points activist and project consultant Andjelka Markovic presented to representatives of institutions, civil sector activists and experts the preliminary findings of opinion survey of citizens on the problem of trafficking in human beings and the problem of gender-based violence in Serbia, that was conducted during the project.
The round table was held within the "Transnational Coalition of Southeast European NGOs for the Protection of Women and Children from Trafficking and Gender-Based Violence - STOP" project coordinated by the Roma Center for Democracy.
Surveys of opinions of the general public, as well as of opinions of the expert public were carried out  within the project so far. Then, on the basis of information collected, the proposals of national strategies, as well as proposals of regional policies and recommendations for successful suppression of the problems of human trafficking and gender-based violence in communities in the region were drafted. During the round table, these proposals were presented to the participants.
 
More information about the round table are available here, and more information on the project are available here   

Against Gender-Based Violence and Human Trafficking in the South East Europe Region

05 / oktobar / 2016.

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Vranje, 5 October 2016 - Activists of our organization will cooperate in research and analytical work, within one of the components of the cross-border project on combating human trafficking and gender-based violence.
The main goal of the project is to enable civil society organizations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and FYR Macedonia to participate and to improve the process of dialogue with the authorities, thus influencing the process of policy implementation and decision-making in relation to problems of human trafficking and gender based violence.
The four-year project is implemented in partnership by organizations from Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, from Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR Macedonia.

Find out more about the project here.

Serbia: How does (if it does) the general public learn from institutions about war crimes from the recent wartime past and about related war crimes trials

01 / oktobar / 2016.

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Belgrade, 1 October 2016 - Тhe atmosphere of denying war crimes, glorifying of defendants and disrespect for victims other than Serbian, persists in Serbia since the end of (open) hostilities on the territory of the former SFR Yugoslavia. Such atmosphere usually generates (serious) consequences upon anyone who dares to challenge or to oppose the official narrative on the recent wartime past.
 

With awareness of such circumstances, a pilot research was conducted on (if and) how the public in Serbia in 2016 learns from its institutions about war crimes from the recent wartime past and about related trials, and (if and) in what manner the institutions communicate those information to the public.


The research went beyond declarative political commitments to regional stability and peace, and examined if those statements are firmly rooted in practice.
 
The focus was on the following:
 
- The public media broadcaster in Serbia informs the public about the recent wartime past, of war crimes victims and of responsible for war crimes - does it? And how?
- Do the institutions of executive power in Serbia communicate to the public the information on the recent wartime past, on victims of war crimes and on responsible for war crimes?
- Do the institutions such as museums, archives, libraries (financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia) inform the public on the recent wartime past? And how?
- Did the educational institutions (financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia) include in their curricula the information on the recent wartime past?

                        1) Faculties that teach law
                        2) Faculties that teach political sciences
                        3) Institutions that teach future members of military and police forces
 
- Does the judiciary make information on war crimes trials available to the public? If yes, are they available in an easy, understandable, non-bureaucratic manner?
   
The research was initiated in March 2016. It was completed in September 2016. The plan is to expand it and to repeat it in 2019.

Download the pilot research here.
 

The Alternative Report on the Implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy has been published

30 / januar / 2016.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 30 January 2016 - The 2015 Alternative Report on the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2013-2018 and the National Action Plan, has been published. 

The overall goal of the project was to assess the fulfillment of the planned activities in accordance with the purpose for which they were adopted, more precisely to make an assessment of the compliance of the implementation of measures with the purpose of the Strategy.
The observations in the Report were made on the basis of analysis of collected data on events, measures and activities in the following chapters of the Strategy - Political Activities, Judiciary, Spatial Planning and Construction, Health, Education and Sport and Media, which were undertaken within 27 months from the adoption of the Action Plan and which had the impact on achieving goals envisaged in the Strategy and its Action Plan.
This Report also contains chapters on specific topics - circumstances or events of particular importance for (non)suppression of corruption in the Republic of Serbia. These are the Belgrade Waterfront project - Case study and (Non)adoption of spatial plans as a result of trading in influence and abuse of public authority - Case study.
The team that produced the Report is as follows: Dejan Milenkovic, PhD (chapter Political Activities), Jelena Stevancevic (chapter Judiciary), prof. Ksenija Petovar PhD (chapter Spatial Planning and  Construction), Ksenija Radovanovic M. Arch. (Belgrade Waterfront project case study), Marina Mijatovic (chapter Health), Mihajlo Babin PhD (chapter Education), Milos Stojkovic (chapter Media), Andjelka Markovic, Slobodan Georgiev and Aleksandar Milijasevic (chapter Sport), Marko Ilic, Borjanka Majdevac and Jelena Golubovic. The editor of the Report is Andjelka Markovic.

The joint team of the Law Scanner and of Three Points produced this Report in the framework of a project supported by the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Serbia, with financial support of the The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 

Download the Report here. Download the summary of the findings of the Report in English here

Discussion on human rights with young social democrats in FYR Macedonia

03 / jul / 2015.

Tri tacke Ohrid, 3 July 2015 - A summer camp for young social democrats took place in Ohrid, from 2 - 5 July 2015. The camp was organised by the Institute for Social Democracy Progres from Macedonia and the Social Democratic Youth of Macedonia, with the support of the Foundation Max van der Stoel. 
The event brought together about 90 young people from all over the country. Voislav Stojanovski, on behalf of the Macedonian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and Andjelka Markovic on behalf of the Three Points from Belgrade, discussed with members of the SDSM youth group about human rights and fundamental freedoms in Serbia and in FYR Macedonia. The implementation of the legal framework on human rights and its challenges were also mentioned, but also the problems of corruption as well as the challenges in fighting corruption.
The program of the summer camp included a number of educational presentations, interactive workshops and thematic groups work. Participants also received specially designed public relations training and training on political campaigns. The aim of this activity was to increase the individual capacities (skills and knowledge) of young social democrats.
  

Read more on this activity here and here

How to stop corruption in employment process in the public sector?

30 / mart / 2015.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 30 March 2015 - A round table was held to announce the employment process transparency increase project, implemented by CESID, BIRN and PALGO Center, with financial support of the European Union.
On this occasion, CESID experts announced the launch of the platform www.transparentno.rs.
Jelena Jerinic PhD from the Faculty of Law at Union University presented an analysis of the legal and institutional framework related to employment in the public sector.
Activist Andjelka Markovic listed several examples of complaints about corruption in the employment and recruiting processes in the public sector that citizens often raise, pointing out the fact of lack of support for people who speak up about corruption at their workplaces.
The overall objective of this project is to support the fight against corruption and the EU integration process in Serbia, by strengthening democratic values ​​and the rule of law by promoting greater transparency, openness and accountability of the public sector in the employment process.
 
Find out more about the project  here  

The Self-Assessment Report of Public Authorities in the Republic of Serbia - Integrity Plans, has been published

15 / mart / 2014.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 15 March 2014 - The Report on the self-assessment of integrity of public authorities in the Republic of Serbia has been published.
 One of the goals of this report was to point out with the greatest degree of precision the most corruption-vulnerable areas in public authorities, more precisely to provide answers to questions: what risks are there, what is the frequency of the estimated risk of corruption within the system and to what exactly the assessed risks relate to.
The report mainly consists of the interpretation of a statistically processed data from the integrity plans that public authorities submitted to the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Serbia.
It contains an overview and analysis of facts related to the frequency of corruption risks and other irregularities in the work of institutions classified into 14 systems: 1) the political system, 2) the system of judiciary, 3) the system of police, 4) the system of local self-government, 5) system of defense, 6) system of public finances and economy, 7) system of agriculture, 8) social policy system, 9) health system, 10) education and science system, 11) system of sport and culture 12) system of environment and of spatial planinng 13) system of data protection, human rights and public interest, and 14) system of public enterprises.
The report was published by the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Serbia within the  OSCE Mission to Serbia project, and with the financial support of USAID. The Three Points activist, Andjelka Markovic co-authored the Report.
 

The Report is available here

Against Human Trafficking web portal will soon be online

01 / decembar / 2013.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 1 December 2013 - The structure of the regional web portal Against Human Trafficking is being remodeled and the website will be relaunched soon.

Our idea is to provide platform for human trafficking problem related information, from different sources at one place. The general public will thus be provided with a comprehensive insight to current situation, as well as with a comparative overview of the situation in the region.
By way of simplified information and making the content available in local languages, our intention is to make relevant information easy to understand and thus useful to the general public, thus to potential victims of human trafficking as well.  
Thus it will be possible to inform the general public about the phenomenon of human trafficking in Western Balkan societies as well as on precautionary measures, simultaneously. Additionally, it will make monitoring and evaluation of  anti-trafficking policies in the region easier - successes will become more visible, as well as flaws that need to be addressed. The portal and its content will thus potentially have a preventive role, but will also perform as an effective and easy-to-use tool for various advocacy initiatives.
The intention is to cover with content most of the Western Balkans area.

Fundraising for final phase of construction, as well as for placement and promotion of this initiative is underway.