Published on 5th Decembre 2014
On 27th and 28th November 2014. Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights – Osijek participated on regional conference in Sarajevo “Triple A: access to information, advice and active assistance in the Western Balkans and Turkey”.
Representatives of partner organizations and pilot implementers from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Turkey were participated on conference.
On 27th November partner organizations as well as pilot implementers presented the project results.
On 28th November four thematic workshops were held: 1. Introduction to principles of Legal clinics, 2.Sustainable financing work of organizations that provide free legal aid, 3.Systems and methodology of recording information when working with clients and their use in advocacy, 4.Giving advice, information and legal assistance to victims of hate speech and hate crimes, after which followed the presentations and conclusions.
The conclusions from the workshop are that the biggest problem is sustainability of NGOs and for that purpose it is nessesary: to advocate to Ministry of Justice/Government for changes in the system of financing, on the way that a ration of financing primary and secundary legal aid is equal; that the bodies of local (regional) self governmet also finance freel legal aid; to introduce international organizations of need for their further financing free legal aid; practice ways of self-financing.
Published on 3th September 2014
Representatives of Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights – Osijek participated on 3 September 2014 at the workshop “New Labour Law” which was held in Sisak. The workshop was organized by the Civil Rights Project Sisak in the pilot project “Together for the citizens” funded by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development.
Lecturer at the workshop was PhD Professor Alan Uzelac who presented the legal protection of labor rights by the new Labour Law with a focus on process innovations that are related to the protection of the collective agreement, and the extension of period for judicial protection of labour rights from 3 to 5 years.
In addition, he referred to the new provisions on additional work, worker assignment to related company, dismissal and notice periods.
Students of the Legal Clinic, Faculty of Law Zagreb presented their practice on several individual labour law case, comparing them with the solutions provided by New Act.
In discussion workshop participant mentioned other provisions of the New Act (eg. employment contracts for a specific time), as well as other legal issues that were often repeated in practice, such as enforcement cases.
At the end the participants discussed about the implementation of the new Free Legal Aid Law and the possibilities for further improvement of the system.
Published on 11th April 2014
In partnership with organization Civil rights project Sisak, Centre for peace has published leaflet ”Besplatna pravna pomoć” – that you can see it on here
Published on 10th of March 2014
Study Visit to London and Dublin
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From 2 to 8 March 2014, the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek participated in a study visit to London and Dublin which as an integral part of the project “Triple A for Citizens”, the main holder of which is the organisation European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), and was organized by project partners from UK Law Centres Network (LCN) and the Irish National Association Citizens Information Services (NACIS).
This was an opportunity for participants from nine European countries participating in the project implementation to directly get to know systems of how to provide information, advice and legal assistance in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The program included visits to the UK in small groups to South West London Law Centres, Croydon Citizens Advice Bureau, AgeUK Croydon, Croydon MIND, Turnaround, Croydon County Court, London South Bank University Legal Advice Clinic.
The group, with the Centre for Peace’s representative, visited the Croydon Turnaround – counselling centre for young people. In the centre, young people can get information and advice on health, employment, education, housing, prevention of alcohol, drugs, etc. Also the centre employees intermediate between youth and parents, and give them support they need. When there is a problem of a legal nature, the clients are referred to the legal centres. Our group also visited Croydon Law Center, which is engaged in providing legal assistance related to social welfare, housing, employment, debt and immigration. In an interview with a lawyer who works in the Centre, we found out that they cooperate with a special organization of translators who help them in the case when there are parties who do not speak English and this in a very simple manner by telephone that in such situations they connect to the loud speaker system.
All participants visited the Croydon Town Hall and attended a presentation on the reform of the welfare system in Croydon.
The second day of the visit London, all participants visited the House of Lords and the Upper House of Parliament. Particularly impressive was the visit to the House of Lords. Our host Lord Bach invited competent and interesting presenters. The importance of the role of civil society organizations in providing free legal assistance was emphasized. Further on, we visited the Royal Courts of Justice. Citizens Advice Bureau has its office at the court and provides legal assistance to clients who do not have representatives in court. They provide legal assistance in legal matters related to employment, housing, debt, consumer rights, etc.
The organization of the visit to Dublin was conceived differently. The whole set of presenters/lecturers presented to us specific civil society organizations that are active in the NACIS network. I was impressed with the provisions of information through the Web site NACIS which is a comprehensive and easily accessible in different ways. It is clear such work and its regular update requires a synergy between several professions. But the end result is extremely useful to citizens to whom this is intended.
Citizens Information Services (CIS) provides legal assistance at 268 locations in its 42 centres. In Ireland, the legal assistance is provided in specialized legal matters such as welfare, employment, health, taxes, migrants, education and family matters. CIS has 73 specialized legal clinics (Free Legal Advice Centre – FLAC) in the whole of Ireland. They are specialized in certain jurisdictions in which the leading ones are family law, labour law, debts on loans, inheritance law and immigration law. Systematic work is dedicated to the involvement of volunteers in the work of FLAC, so that it currently includes about 500 volunteers throughout the country. In a very interesting presentation by Zsa Varga and Eoin Coffey, we have learned about specifics of the Irish legal system and the system of legal assistance provision. In Ireland, there are different types of legal aid depending on whether the case is civil or criminal case. Legal assistance in civil cases includes legal counselling (oral or written legal advice in the majority of legal areas) and representation in civil court proceedings. A person who qualifies for legal assistance in civil cases must meet three conditions: the case must be such that everyone would hire a lawyer for that matter, the fulfilment of the assets status condition, and the importance of the subject of the dispute.
Further on, as a small group we visited Mercy Law Resource Centre – a centre for the homeless. This centre provides assistance to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so, which includes people who have served prison sentences, mentally ill persons, prostitutes, etc. Assistance is provided in the area of housing and social assistance. The efforts of this centre are focused on ensuring equal and effective access to justice to this population.
At the end, a meeting was held with our partners and colleagues where achievements so far were presented and future project activities were announced.
Published on 18 February 2014
PRESS RELEASE by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development
The Launch of the Web-site concerning Free Legal Assistance http://tripleacitizens.eu is new Web-site enabling citizens to have access to free legal assistance. New web-site is prepared within the framework of international project “Triple A for Citizens” http://tripleacitizens.eu/ and the National Foundation is one of its implementing partners. The Web-site provides an interactive map offering an easy-access for its citizens to all organisations providing information, advices and free legal assistance in five countries of South-East Europe (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Kosovo) and Turkey.
The project „Triple A for Citizens: Access to information, Advice & Active help“has been initiated by the ECAS from the Bruxelles, and financed by the European Commission. It rests on the principle that any individual has the right to be informed of his/her rights. The National Foundation for Civil Society Development is the implementing partner of this Project in the Republic of Croatia. For more information visit: http://zaklada.civilnodrustvo.hr/category/102/subcategory/126/3349
Published on 20th of January 2014
From 1 January 2014 the CPO began with the implementation of the one year pilot project under the title „ Triple A: Access to Information, Advice and Active Legal Assistance to Citizens“ (abbreviated in Croatian: „PPP Građanima“. This project is implemented with the financial assistance provided by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development which is a partner to the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) in the implementation of the international project „Triple A for Citizens“. The general objective of this project is broadening the concept of providing advice to citizens through the provision of information to citizens, legal counselling and direct legal assistance.
Targeted beneficiaries of Pilot-project are vulnerable and marginalised citizens like persons without/with poor incomes, unemployed and long-term unemployed, national minorities, women, pensioners with minimum pensions, people affected by the war – displaced persons, returnees and refugees. For advice, information and direct help, our citizens can reach us via e-mail, phone or by visiting our office.