The aim of the annual Regional Rule of Law Forums, established in 2014 by the AIRE Centre and Civil Rights Defenders in cooperation institutions and non-governmental organisations from throughout the region, is to promote the national implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, to encourage regional cooperation in the continued development of the rule of law and human rights, and to assist the process of EU integration of the region.
The topic of the 2017 Forum was freedom of expression, and its interrelationship with right to privacy and right to a fair trial. Taking into account the points raised during the debates at the previous three Forum gatherings, and the suggestions of several national and Strasbourg judges, the Forum will highlight in particular issues regarding freedom of expression and the judiciary, media reporting on judicial matters, and hate speech on internet, in politics and in the media. We aim to promote regional cooperation in overcoming those challenges and to enable all the participants to share and learn from each others’ experiences, as we have done successfully in previous Forum gatherings.
Civil Rights Defenders is an independent expert organization that works for people, whose civil and political rights are being violated, or run the risk of being violated in the countries where the respect for human rights is almost non-existent. They consider a world where people’s freedom and rights are respected to be a safer world. The vision Civil Rights Defenders strive to achieve through their work is a peaceful and secure world with freedom and justice for all. In order
to achieve this, they work to provide people with access to the civil and political rights that the world’s states are obliged to provide.
It is a work that they carry out alone and in collaboration with local human rights defenders, who are close to the people whose rights are being violated. Civil Rights Defenders strives to strengthen human rights defenders in dictatorships, in countries that used to have authoritarian regimes, or that have been affected by war.
They believe that all countries need a strong civil society that scrutinizes those in power in order to continue to develop in a positive direction. That is why they combine their human rights work with the empowerment of their partners.
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The AIRE Centre is a non-governmental organisation that promotes awareness of European law rights and provides support for victims of human rights violations. A team of international lawyers provides information, support and advice on European Union and Council of Europe legal standards. It has particular experience in litigation before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and has participated in over 150 cases. Over the last 20 years the AIRE Centre has conducted and participated in a number of seminars in Central and Eastern Europe for the benefit of lawyers, judges, government officials and non-governmental organisations.
The AIRE Centre has been focusing on the countries of Western Balkans in particular, where it has been for over decade and a half conducting a series of long-term rule of law programmes in partnership with domestic institutions and courts. Our aim throughout these programmes has been to promote the national implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, assist the process of European integration by strengthening the rule of law and full recognition of human rights, and encourage regional cooperation amongst judges and legal professionals.
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