Migrations et droits de l'homme


Regional School of Minority Rights opens with inaugural lecture by the President of the Republic of Croatia
Medulin, Croatia, 16-22 September 2012
President Ivo Josipovic of Croatia honoured the Regional School on Minority Rights with his prolonged presence on the opening day where he delivered a lecture on “Protection of national minorities and cooperation in South East Europe“. His lecture was followed by a questions and answers session with students and university professors.

This was the 6th edition of the Regional School which has its origin in a bilateral scientific project called ”Bilateral Cooperation between the Republic of Croatia and Republic of Serbia in the Protection on National Minorities“. Thanks to JP MIN the Regional School has grown this year into a regional tool where students, faculty and other experts openly discuss a wide range of issues pertaining to the protection and promotion of minority rights. A number of items on the agenda directly addressed “expected results” of the Project.


Joint launching conference of three projects to improve the situation of minorities in South East Europe
Budva, Montenegro, 27-29 June 2012
A Joint Launching Conference for three regional programmes to ameliorate the conditions of minority communities in South East Europe will be held from 27 to 29 June in Budva (Montenegro) by of the European Union, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe. The purpose of this conference is to present three regional projects to improve the situation of minorities in the Western Balkans: “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe” (implemented by the Council of Europe), “Best Practices for Roma Integration” (implemented by OSCE/ODIHR) and “Regional Initiative for Inclusive Education” (will be also implemented by the Council of Europe).

The event will begin with a description of the main elements of an integrated approach to these three issues, followed by an outline of each programme. Then, participants will be invited to take part in working groups covering the cross-cutting topics of “How to better implement antidiscrimination legislation?” (WG1), “How to enhance participation in public life?” (WG2) and “How to approach diversity through inclusive education?” (WG3). The purpose of these workshops is the exchange of concrete best practices.

The conclusions of these workshops will be presented during the closing plenary session. To conclude the event, Mr. Nebojša Kaludjerović, State Secretary for Political Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, Mrs. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General elect of the Council of Europe, Mr. Andrzej Mirga, Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues at ODIHR and Mr. Alberto Cammarata, Acting Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, will present their views and expectations regarding the three joint projects and the new sectorial approach.

A press conference will be held on 29 June at 11:30 by representatives of the three organisations.


  • 22-23 October 2012, Podgorica:2nd meeting of the management team of the Joint Project “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe
  • 26 September 2012, The Hague:Working meeting with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
  • 17-18 September 2012, Tirana:Meeting of SEE Ombudsmen and Equality Bodies on main challenges concerning minority rights in the region
  • 16-22 September 2012, Medulin:Regional school of minority rights
  • 23 August 2012, Podgorica:1st meeting of the management team of the Joint Project “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe
  • 27-29 June 2012, Budva:Joint launching event for three EU regional JPs

Ms Dušica PUZIĆ
Council of Europe
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Council of Europe Project Office Podgorica
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