Following the success of the first online HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) course on combating human trafficking, which was offered in Serbian in April 2020, an updated course for a new group of 30 students from the University of Belgrade was launched on Monday , April 12, 2021
The online course builds on the standards developed in the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and adapted to the Serbian legal and strategic framework. It includes presentations, interactive sessions led by tutor Professor Ivana Krstic, knowledge tests and exercises.
The head of the office of the Council of Europe in Belgrade, Mr Tobias Flessenkemper, welcomed the students and explained the role of the Council of Europe and the local partners who have been campaigning for the protection of human rights in Serbia for 20 years.
The online course is part of the comprehensive efforts of the Action “Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Serbia” and its partners at national level to counteract this serious crime by raising awareness and building capacity among relevant stakeholders and actors, including legal practitioners.
The law students will examine various topics from a human rights perspective, e.g. B. what trafficking in human beings is in terms of international standards, how victims of human trafficking can be identified and supported, the rights of victims during the investigation and prosecution phase, including the non-punishment principle for crimes committed, including the victims’ right of access to justice and redress Compensation.
The online HELP course is organized within the framework of the Council of Europe joint program Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey II – “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia” of the EU and the Council of Europe.