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Monitoring Freedom of Assembly in the Western Balkans

To increase understanding of the legal framework, international standards and implementation of the right to free assembly in the Western Balkan region, ECNL and partners published a range of expert materials under our pilot research.

1. COUNTRY REPORTS

ECNL and local partners have launched first comprehensive country reports on monitoring legal developments and practical implementation of freedom of assembly (FOA) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonian, Montenegro and Serbia. The country reports (1) assess the level of compliance of the national legislation on FOA with the relevant international and regional standards, (2) map the institutions for implementation, and (3) identify the main challenges and specific issues that arise from the implementation. Finally,the reports (4) provide a set of recommendations to relevant stakeholders on how to advance the protection of the FOA in each country.

The country reports are available both in English and all the local languages:

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2. FLASHCARDS

To get a quick overview of what the main challenges are in the countries and our recommendations how relevant international standards should be implemented, read also the Assembly Flashcards !

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3. REGIONAL REPORT

Based on the information included in the country reports, ECNL also prepared a short regional summary of all countries’ findings and recommendations, focusing on the most relevant trends and issues in the Western Balkans: Defending the Right to Free Assembly – Assess and Act

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And to read more about the key findings and the project itself,  visit this page.

 

The ‘Western Balkans Assembly Monitor’ project was made possible by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law through the Civic Space Initiative, funded by SIDA. The project was implemented in 2015 and 2016 by Reactor in Macedonia, Civil Rights Defenders in Bosnia, Human Rights House in Croatia, Institute Alternative in Montenegro and YUCOM in Serbia, under the overall coordination of ECNL.