Enhancing Human Rights Protection in Kosovo*

Justice and Legal Co-operation Department

Title Enhancing Human Rights Protection in Kosovo*
Project area Human Rights, capacity building
Budget EUR 1 111 112
Funding 90% by the European Union, 10% by the Council of Europe
Duration 1/02/2012 - 31/07/2013 (18 months)

Overall objective:
To improve the implementation of standards under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the standards and findings of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) in Kosovo.

The project purpose :

To build the capacity of institutional human rights actors and civil society to apply and ensure respect for European human rights standards in Kosovo, and to provide support in the streamlining process of the relevant structures within the human rights institutions.

The project pursues the following specific objectives :

  • to identify shortcomings within legislation and practice and to prepare recommendations on how to bring it in accordance with European standards,
  • to strengthen the capacity of the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo* and human rights units in Kosovo* municipalities through raising awareness of their staff on European human rights standards
  • to enhance cooperation between the civil society and Kosovo*’s public human rights actors.

* "All reference to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo."