A Training on the Guideline for interpreters in Refugee Status Determination Procedure
 On 20th of October 2016, the CRPK, Pillar I,  Asylum and Migration staff conducted a training for the translators/interpreters involved in the Refugee Status Determination (RSD). The interpreting participants involved were from CRP/K, DCAM-MIA, and interpreters from KRCT. The main topics covered at the training were, the methodology of interpretation, preparation beforehand and behavior during the entire process of interviewing of the asylum seeker/s and a Code of Conduct. These topics are part of the Guideline drafted by CRPK in accordance with the International Standards and exclusively for the interpreters involved in RSD procedures

 

The training was made possible with the support from UNHCR Mission Office in Prishtina. 
About Us
The Civil Rights Program in Kosovo (CRP/K) was founded by The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) 1999. CRP/K continued with its activities under this framework until 2004 when from 1 December of the respective year it has functioned as an independent non-governmental organization. As from this year, CRP/K conducts its activities as non-governmental human rights based organization and it is an implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in implementation of the projects related to free legal assistance in the territory of Kosovo.
 
 Mandate
 
CRP/K is an organization that provides free legal assistance and counseling for returnees, asylum seekers, displaced persons in Kosovo, persons at risk of statelessness and to persons who are considered to be vulnerable in realization of their civil rights. Such help is provided without discrimination of any kind. CRP/K presents the beneficiaries in the procedures before court.
 
Vision
 
CRP/K objective is to enhance the protection of human rights and freedoms, to address legal obstacles through representation of the interests of its beneficiaries, to facilitate access to gender and diversity sensitive information and necessary documentation with the aim to promote equal access to services for all communities in Kosovo.
ALLY OF ECRE
CRP/K is an ally of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), which is a pan-European alliance of 82 NGOs protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons.
 
 
Cooperation of CRP/K with ECRE is focused on further improvement of finding durable solution and realization of refugee and asylum seekers rights, as mission of ECRE is to promote the establishment of fair and humane European asylum policies and practices in accordance with international human rights law.
 
 
CRP/K legally assists refugees and persons seeking asylum seekers in Kosovo and is recognized as one of the main actors in protection and legal representation of this category of people in need. Therefore, CRP/K is fully committed to benefit from exchange of knowledge and expertise within ECRE alliance.
CIVIL RIGHTS PROGRAM IN KOSOVO (CRP/K) IS THE WINNER OF ERSTE FOUNDATION AWARD FOR 2013
Few month ago ERSTE Foundation announced a Award for the best social integration projects implemented by NGOs in Austria, B&H, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic and Slovenia.
 
CRP/K applied in this announcement with the project which it implements from 2007 and which we named “Civil Registration and Social Inclusion of RAE in Kosovo”.
 
From almost 2000 thousands projects which applied for this award and after two long deliberation processes, our project is selected to be among 130 finalists and assessed to be very serious ‘candidate’ for 2013 Award. The main ceremony took place on June 27, 2013 in Vienna.
CRP/K – CONFERENCE 13.09.2013
The Civil Rights Program in Kosovo (CRP/K) staff organized a conference regarding the Triple A Project on 13th of September 2013. Triple A is a regional project implemented by the leading organisation European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) - Belgium; National Foundation for Civil Society Development (NFCSD) - Croatia; Association for Democratic Initiatives (ADI) - Bosnia and Herzegovina; Civil Rights Program in Kosovo (CRP/K) - Kosovo; Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) - Serbia; Association of Civil Society Development Centre (STGM) - Turkey; Law Centres Network (LCN) - UK; National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (NACAB) - Romania and National Association of Citizens Information Services (NACIS) - Ireland.
The Project’s objectives are facilitation of Access to information, Advice and Active help to citizens. After a six month survey which included the leading providers of these services (i.e. Ombudsman, the Legal Aid Agency, Human Rights Units within the ministries and municipalities, as well as NGO organizations), CRP/K compiled a report concerning the said objectives. This report was promoted during the conference.
The conference itself aimed to inform the participants on the findings of the survey results and map the key challenges of Access to information, Advice and Active help.
The conference was attended by the Kosovo’s President of the Assembly Mr. Jakup Krasniqi and Ministry of Justice.
The participants of CRP/K conference were also representative from our partners in European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) - Mr. Anthony Valcke, a representative from our partner in National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (NACAB) - Ms. Ana-Maria Suciu, representatives from CRP/K partners within the WeBLAN network and representatives from institutions, as Free Legal Aid Agency, Prime Ministers Legal Department Office, UNHCR and other NGO’s.
CRP/K LAUNCHES A NEW AND REVAMPED WEBSITE
As an organization that pays particular importance to making information on our work available, transparent and accountable, CRP/K has most recently invested in creating and launching an improved website. The website will not only seek to promote our work online, but it will also serve as a platform to connect and inform our clients, donors and partners on CRP/K’s most recent engagements and activities.
CRP/K ORGANIZE A WORKSHOP ON BIRTH REGISTRATION IN KOSOVO IN COLLABORATION WITH UNICEF
As part of the UNICEF-supported project entitled “Identification and SMS Reporting of Unregistered Children in Kosovo”, CRP/K organized a workshop for the representatives of the local and central Kosovo institutions and for other international organizations whose operations portfolio includes birth registration, such as UNHCR, OSCE, B&S, etc.
 
The purpose of the workshop, which was held on 16 May 2013, was to identify jointly with local civil status authorities the use of information collected on the field from this project and the best mechanism(s) to register cases that have been identified.
The specific objectives of the workshop were:
 
- Understanding of SMS reporting by Municipal Status Offices and possible future changes;
 
- Collaboration of NGOs and Municipalities in future case referrals and transportation assistance;
 
- Improving Data Collection Procedures to decrease the number of field visits for completing a case;
 
 
- Means of delivering Birth Certificates to families;
 
- A step-by-step (from referral to registration) procedure that everyone agrees with.
 
During the workshop, participants have commended the project while noting that the SMS reporting of unregistered births is an essential pre-requisite for collecting data about births or children whose existence would otherwise be unknown.
CRP/K ORGANIZES A SEMINAR ON LATE REGISTRATION IN COLLABORATION WITH UNHCR
With the purpose of supporting civil status registration in Kosovo, on 5 July 2013, CRP/K organized a seminar in cooperation with UNHCR on obstacles and challenges in practice of late registration. The seminar was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Civil Registration Agency, Municipal Civil Status Offices, UNICEF, OSCE and other actors operating in the field of civil registration in Kosovo.
The discussions generated by the seminar, among others, touched on the following subjects: an analysis of the challenges on drafting/implementing administrative instructions for civil status registration at local/municipal level; issues regarding the Circular Letter on the temporary non-application of fines related to late registration of RAE community in practice; and, other related developments in accordance with Administrative Instructions. The open discussion on the topics of the round table showed an overall gap in communication between the local and central level and discrepancies at the municipal level in the in the implementation of the Circular Letter regarding the procedure of late registration for RAE community. Different practices and non-unified procedures for the implementation of Administrative Instruction on late registration across municipalities were also a subject of this active debate.
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LOCAL AND CENTRAL LEVEL OF GOVERNANCE NEED TO BE BETTER COORDINATED IN ORDER THAT RE-INTEGRATION PROCESS IS SUCCESSFUL
19 November 2014, Prishtinë -
 
CRP/K today in conference for Medias has published the report “Repatriation process and challenges of re-integration in Kosovo”.
 
Kenan Tora from CRP/K said that “repatriation process is a process that directly influences processes that have been defined as national interest of state of Kosovo such as European Integration related processes and especially process of visa liberalization. Therefore, Kosovo has approved law and administrative instructions and has signed a substantial number of agreements on repatriation with relevant states of European Union, trying also that after repatriation process this category of persons are offered necessary conditions for re-integration.” Furthermore, he added that having in consideration that re-integration process is a multi-dimensional one and asks for engagement of several level of policy making and governance, this report aims to identify and analyze challenges in the process of re-integration based on conditions and criteria defined by judicial instruments of
Republic of Kosovo and to treat practical challenges in realization of the rights within system.
Afterwards, Mirjeta Hyseni continued with main findings and recommendations of the report, as follows:
 
Repatriation agreements contain mutual obligations to the European Union and third countries to cooperate in the return of illegal immigrants to their countries of origin. These agreements are part of a wider policy of the EU related to return. In addition, main tools for the implementation of a common policy on returning are mutual recognition of decisions on the expulsion of the citizens of third countries, the organization of joint flights, etc;
 
It is undisputed that illegal immigrants enjoy the protection of human rights. Article 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights says: "Signatories shall provide the rights and freedoms defined in Part I (which contains the rights and freedoms) of this Convention for everyone under their jurisdiction ";
 
Repatriation agreements are criticized for not respecting the fundamental rights of returnees. Common offenses for which the repatriation agreements are criticized are the danger that people be subjected to torture or inhuman treat and possible violation of the principle of “non-refoulment” in case a person is in danger. Moreover, the rights of immigrant to claim asylum might be subject of prejudice with respect to the implementation of the agreement on repatriation;
 
There is a lack of accurate information from the reception offices at the municipal level for repatriated persons. Improvement of information in the reception offices at the municipal level for repatriated persons is recommended;
 
Although a series of agreements for repatriation with the member states of the EU were signed, emigration to these countries remains in a worrying scale. Building of monitoring capacities at national level regarding the level of migration towards EU countries even after signing of repatriation agreements is recommended;
 
There is a lack of coordination between central and local level of governance in this field. Increased coordination between municipal offices for Communities and Returns with Department of Re-integration within MIA and the Central Commission for Reintegration is recommended;
Children who are born in the states where they are repatriated from often are returned without possessing international birth certificate and then encounter problems during the civil registration in Kosovo. Implementation of agreements on readmission by portfolios responsible for the reception of repatriated persons by ensuring that children who are born in the countries from where they were repatriated are equipped with international certificates is recommended. Increased coordination between offices for Communities and Returns with the Municipal Directories of Education and the Ministry of Education regarding the registration of repatriated children in schools and specifically for tutoring is also recommended;
 
The creation of adequate monitoring mechanisms for vulnerable children of repatriated families is recommended;
 
Repatriated persons encounter major problems related to the registration and verification of properties;In order to facilitate their re-integration into society, the provision of legal aid and relief in property registration procedures in cadastral books and construction of homes for repatriated persons in need and who meet legal requirements is recommended;
 
Delays in processing decisions about repatriated persons which were identified during the research for this report, does not help in the process of re-integration. Respecting deadlines in handling requests which are followed by the municipal level to the central level and timeframe in processing decisions for re-construction of the municipal commissions and the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning is recommended;
 
Despite the greater burden of re-integration process falls on the local level of governance, Kosovo municipalities still lack the capacity, human or material, to handle this process. The establishment of municipal offices for re-integration in municipalities that the same are not yet established and budget decentralization from central to local level is recommended;
 
Housing for families in need of 6 + 6 month period, in the absence of providing shelter continues over the period allowed under the rules, which in some cases could be up to two years. It is recommended to design policies and programs for sustainable settlements;
 
So far, a substantial number of cases of repatriated persons in need of medical treatments for various diseases which can not be done in Kosovo were identified. It is recommended to improve communication between the sending State and Kosovo authorities in such cases.