Areas of Specialisation

Cultivating respect for Human Rights

Macedonia’s membership in the international institutional organizations, such are the United Nations and Council of Europe, requires respect of the obligations deriving from the international law. The country has signed all major international conventions and declarations concerning human rights, including: Universal Declaration of Human Rights; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; European Convention on Human Rights and Basic Freedom, etc.

The implementation of the international standards and the national legislation is continuously monitored and assessed by multiple national and international institutions and organizations. As noted in the Progress Report of the European Commission for the year 2015, “the legal framework for the protection of human rights is broadly in line with European standards. However, implementation is lacking, in particular in the areas of prison reform, Roma integration, rights of the child and persons with disabilities”. In the chapter 2.4. “Human rights and the Protection of Minorities”, the Commission has stressed out that “the various bodies involved in protecting and promoting human rights lack sufficient staff and financial resources and sometimes coordinate poorly. General weaknesses in the implementation of human rights standards affect the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in society, including children and juveniles, disabled persons, the Roma and the LGBTI community”.

The main and urgent challenges that the country faces in terms of human rights protection can be summarised as follows:

  • lack of adequate implementation of the existing legal framework
  • lack of coordination between the competent institutions
  • lack of specialised human resources (especially professionals), as well as financial means
  • need for additional reforms
  • need for raising the awareness of the general public

KMOP has worked a lot for the promotion of human rights at all levels, being able thus to actively contribute to the above-mentioned challenges: policy, institutional and operational, having provided support to public institutions, non-governmental organisations and international agencies on a number of topics, including: raising awareness about certain phenomena, like human trafficking; delivering capacity building actions for public officials, service providers and NGO professionals; supporting evidence-based policy-making to formulate appropriate response strategies and interventions; introducing legal reform and operationalising the existing regulatory framework; and designing and optimising national referral mechanisms and operational procedures. KMOP’s expertise includes tackling various phenomena and stereotypes leading to violations of human rights, however, there is a deep specialisation in anti-trafficking activities, where the organisation has implemented numerous projects within the EU and also in developing countries.

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KMOP Athens (HQ)

75, Skoufa str.
Athens 10680
Tel.: +30 210 3637547
Fax: +30 210 3639758

KMOP Skopje

St. 1737 № 24/9, 1st floor
Skopje 1000
North Macedonia
Tel.: +389 2 3144 199

KMOP Piraeus

1, Tzavella & Matrozou str.
Pireaus 18533
Tel.: +30 211 7201055
Fax: +30 211 7407525

KMOP Thessaloniki

3, Afroditis & Odysseos str.
Thessaloniki 54629
Tel.: +30 2310 534322

KMOP Pristina

Gustav Mayer 7/1
Prishtina 10000
Tel.: +381 (0)38 712 683

KMOP Chișinău

75 M. Kogalniceanu St.
Chisinau MD 2009
Republic of Moldova
Tel.: +373 67 224 222

KMOP Brussels

Rue de la Science, 14B
Brussels (Business Centre)

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