Democracy and participation, Environment, Specific focus on cases related to violation of HR of vulnerable groups as result of environment’ pollution, discrimination, lack of transparency, consultation, well-governence etc.

Promoting good practices of HR protections in EU


Who is behind this?

Erida Skëndaj

Albanian Helsinki Committee


Who is joining forces?

Media Center and Social Issues


Mission: Offer a new conception, innovative ways of cooperation among civil society and media that share the same purpose: To help community to achieve every day goals.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Human rights are core values that EU promotes. We aim to establish cooperation among NGOs around the Europe that provides free legal aid for vulnerable groups of our society (Ethnic and sexual Minorities, Poor people, Women, etc). Cases published through investigative media that identify violation of HR of such groups will be represented by a network of specialized lawyers around EU. AHC will transfer its good experience in strategic litigation and will support such initiatives.

Where will your idea take place?

Albania, Western Balkan, other EU' countries that are facing similar issues.

Why does Europe need your idea?

This idea goes to the root of democracy and tries support through strategic litigation for victims of HR, especially in countries that are candidate for EU. We will establish positive practices of protection of HR and try to reach impact in Europe, intervening wherever impact is relevant.

What is your impact?

a) More solidarity and legal protection for victims of human rights; b) strengthening connections and establishing cooperation among specialized HR' lawyers across EU by reacting in time and professional way; c) more accountability from state institutions for respecting HR;

How do you get there?

We will make use our experience that has proved to work and borne results in strategic litigation of vulnerable groups. These cases will be transferred to other countries in the region and beyond EU, through a dedicated online platform, social media and awareness spots. Also, we aim to strengthen further this experience by identifying new cases in Albania and by supporting of HR lawyers working for NGOs in WB or across the EU with concrete cases pertaining to vulnerable group.

What is your story?

AHC has established since 2007 a program called "Legal Clinic" through which we provide legal assistance to vulnerable groups. We are mainly specialized in Strategic Litigation. Such cases have proven to impact the whole society/institution and they have concrete outputs for democracy and HR.

Who are you doing it for?

a) Vulnerable groups as mentioned before (focus on minorities, poor people, local communities (rural); b) Lawyers working in NGOs across EU offering legal aid; c) public authorities and judiciary, as crucial institutions for respecting democracy and Human Rights; d) citizens across the EU;

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Any advice that aims to transfer properly the good experience, to enable exchange of good practices in all directions from specialized NGOs across EU, advices that will give a wide impact to initiatives of HR lawyers working for NGOs that have innovative idea how to protect HR where is most needed.


Komiteti i Helsinkit

Idea created on Jan. 16, 2018

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