Bruno Kreisky Foundation

for Human Rights

Menschenrechtszentrum Belgrad / The Belgrade Center for Human Rights (Serbia)

The “Belgrade Center for Human Rights” was founded in 1995 amidst the chaos following the Yugoslav Wars. The Belgrade Center is a non-profit, non-partisan, research organization that is comprised of members from many different fields. They are well known for helping with the “post-conflict-management” after the Belgrade October-Revolution. Since then they have been fighting for human rights and documenting cases of human rights’ violations in the nations of the former Yugoslavia. They define their mission as trying to enforce „the rule of law” as the countries undergo the process of installing democratic governments. To accomplish this goal, the institute promotes education in human rights. They maintain human rights schools at various levels, ranging from secondary school classes to graduate student programs. In addition to running the actual programs, they also publish various forms of literature based upon the human rights research that they have collected. Furthermore, the Belgrade Center for Human Rights gives lectures and radio presentations on their findings, in which they also suggest potential legislative changes to be implemented in government-run institutions. When the organization was first created, they took on many human rights violations cases, in which the defendants needed legal assistance. They still currently provide legal and humanitarian aid, but it is not needed as frequently as it was in the 1990s.

The Belgrade Center currently has half a dozen projects underway, with the most recent one focusing on journalists in Serbia.