The Gate - Virtual Gate to Human Rights

 The purpose of “Gate – Virtual Gate to Human Rights” project is to create unique, comprehensive and reliable electronic archive of documents and information on human rights that will be at service to all researchers of the condition of human rights in B-H.

The main purpose of this project is to provide unique web portal for B-H citizens dedicated only to information and documents related to human rights.

Usage and development of information technologies helps movement for protection of human rights because they provide faster, cheaper and more transparent exchange of information. “Gate – Virtual Gate to Human Rights) enables researchers and analysts of human rights condition, journalists and wider audience, objective, fast and modern gate to thousands of relevant information and documents on human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina .

Project results: There are more than 15000 information available in database in various forms – from summaries of articles in expert magazines, address book of institutions dealing with human rights to resolutions of international bodies and reports of NGO sector. Available at: www.ljudskaprava.ba

 Protection of Asylum Seekers in Republic of Croatia and Region

 The Department took part in this project through preparation of subject bibliography on asylum and issues of migration/immigration in foreign press in the period from 1866 to 2006 and the result of it were 1594 selected and elaborated texts in periodic publications.

This bibliography contains descriptions of 1594 articles from 352 journals. 920 texts out of total number (1594) are accessible for partners while the rest of 668 articles are available only as an abstract. We are still trying to determine accessibility for 6 articles through our partners.

Beside mentioned the Department is constantly monitoring titles in electronic media (web) and distributes HPC/HRC Daily Asylum Monitor to partners. Up to now, there have been published 112 issues of this publication containing over 600 news from all around the world.

Process of Constitutional Changes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

For the needs of this project a questionnaire containing 15 questions analysed as 22 variables was elaborated. Total of 49 examinees were inquired. Results are available at http://www.hrc.unsa.ba/projekti/Proces_ustavnih_promjena_u_BiH.pdf pages 65-86. Details at www.hrc.unsa.ba

Gradual Enrichment of Access to Information Resources - EBSCOhost

 EBSCOhost is electronic-information service that enables search of 10 databases of which Academic Search Premier and Business Source Premier are the most interesting ones. This service contains, in electronic form, over 6000 journals with full text, as well as publications offering abstracts, journal reviews and encyclopaedic data from social, humanities and biomedicine science. It enables printing, e-mailing and downloading of number of articles.

In order to fulfil service to Library and Documentation Department clients we started with connecting local contents of our library with EBSCOhost. Therefore, now it's possible to order articles that library has in physical form and the same ones are indexed or abstracted in database. We also created a form for inter-library loan as well as linking to Google Scholar. We activated Visual Search so that clients can see results page in graphic form (3D).

Regional Human Rights Report 2005

Regional Human Rights Report 2005 is Balkan Human Rights Network (BHRN) regional project coordinated by Belgrade Centre for Human Rights. Expert from Human Rights Centre of the University of Sarajevo has participated in elaboration of the Regional report. The Regional report contains national report on human rights condition in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2005. Regional Human Rights Report for 2005 is published in September 2006.

Educational Activities

Centre for Interdisciplinary Post-graduate Studies of the University of Sarajevo

The Department was engaged in lecturing on Methodology of Scientific-Research Work at following studies: European Studies, State Management and Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights and Democracy.

Total of 30 classes of teaching at all three studies was realised.

Purpose of this course at all three studies is introduction of students with basic principles, functions and practical solutions for appliance of different methodologies of scientific research in the field of social, historical sciences and humanities. Basic knowledge is provided in following fields: information sciences, bibliography, qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as academic writing.

After this course students are supposed to be capable to:

  • evaluate different information resources necessary for realisation of independent scientific research
  • use and evaluate efficiently information resources, as well as to apply suitable methodologies for elaboration of scientific papers or research reports
  • use suitable scientific research methods

Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen

Reporting on Human Rights

The representative of the Department was engaged by call from Danish Institute for Human Rights at elaboration of curricula for the Human Rights Reporting course (Co-Developer)

Objectives of the Course:

•  to enhance knowledge and skills among the partners organizations in monitoring, analysing and reporting human rights issues

•  to provide the partner organizations with tools to identify and describe domestic human rights problems and subsequently on the basis of their findings to develop strategies for dealing with these issues.

•  to promote national and regional net-works between NGOs working within human rights.

Content of the Course:

Without proper human rights monitoring, reporting and documentation it will be difficult to ensure the respect for, the protection of, and the fulfilment of human rights. In order to promote the quality of monitoring, reporting and documentation this course will seek to build capacity in this field by focussing on relevant practical skills and knowledge. The course will be using the UN Committee on The Convention on Elimination of Racial Discrimination as a general framework for dealing with practical issues regarding monitoring, reporting and documentation. The course will be structured according to the reporting cycle going from the initial steps of collecting data through the different stages of a reporting process to the question of how to use the information of the reports, when the reporting is to be followed-up by a national process.

Human Rights Course

Copenhagen , November 5-18, 2005

Module: Human Rights Reporting and Documentation

Lectures Series: Documentation and Information (November 8, 2005)

Lecturer: Mr Saša Madacki, University of Sarajevo Human Rights Centre

Lectures Series Rationale

This series is designed to give the attendees of the course an overview of the human rights documentation field, and to assist the attendees in identifying a specific area of interest within the field. Attendees will also discuss how today's documentation and other information centres remain a focal point for providing organization and access to the vast stores of information now available to us, whether in print, media, or computerized and electronic formats.

Lectures Series Description:

Aim of the lecture is to introduce attendees with intermediate college-level research and documentation skills necessary for effective use of traditional and new information resources. Emphasis is placed on documentation and research strategies and evaluation of information resources. The course covers different levels, types, and formats of information, including the Internet.

 

Balkan Human Rights Network

“ Human Rights School for Future Decision Makers” summer school – Dubrovnik (Balkan Human Rights Network and IUC)

In the period from 22 May to 05 June 2005 and 04–18 June 2006 the Balkan Human Rights Network has organised summer school of human rights. Selected participants from Albania , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Bulgaria , Croatia , Kosovo , Macedonia , Montenegro and Serbia had the opportunity to listen to lectures from 25 eminent lecturers in human rights subjects. As before, the Centre has participated in organisation of the School this year by selection of candidates from Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as delegating lecturers for certain subjects.

ETZ Graz

Understanding of human rights: human rights education manual – workshop for trainers in human rights

Human Rights Centre of the University of Sarajevo has, with financial support of European Centre for Training and Research in Human Rights and Democracy from Graz , organised workshop with the aim to present new manual on human rights education titled “Understanding Human Rights”. The workshop held in the period from 26 to 28 April 2006 gathered thirty B-H trainers from governmental, non-governmental and academic sector.

Book-publishing

Human Rights of Persons with Invalidity

„Human Rights of Persons with Invalidity“is regional project realised in cooperation with Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. Balkan Human Rights Network has insured financial support within the FRESTA initiative.

The aim of the project was to ensure elaboration, printing and distribution of publication that will analyse the condition of human rights of persons with invalidity in Croatia , Serbia and Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina . Expert teams from each of these countries conducted analysis of legal frame for the protection of human rights of this threatened population and elaborated individual reports on the condition of this population in each country participating in this project. Special attention was devoted to elaboration of clear and recognisable suggestions of legal and social nature whose adoption and implementation could contribute to development of current condition of human rights of persons with invalidity. Publication was promoted in public in the region and distributed to all governmental and non-governmental organisations dealing with human rights of persons with invalidity. Publication is available at: http://www.ljudskaprava.ba/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=27&Itemid=10

 Balkan Human Rights Network Yearbook

 Human Rights Centre of the University of Sarajevo team has participated in creating and editing of the Balkan Human Rights Network Yearbook for the year 2006. Yearbook issue for 2006 was prepared with the aim to be significant periodic publication in the field of human rights. The Yearbook contains articles of domestic and foreign authors and not just in human rights issues but as well in related disciplines. The Yearbook has an ambition to report in time and to monitor development of international and regional human rights systems and their implications to the Balkans.

 Electronic resources

SEELAWYERS.NET

Portal was made for the need of Retraining Lawyers in Transition Countries of Southeast Europe project and it has reconstructed all programme activities within the period from 2002-2006. Portal is available in three languages: Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian and English. The Portal was made, designed and shaped in the Department.

Management of Access to Electronic Resources – academic databases

Report on usage of EBSCOhost system for the period January 2005 - September 2006

Month

Searches

Total Full Text

Smart Link

Custom Link

Summaries

September 2006

1848

778

17

2

872

August 2006

1276

416

29

0

432

July 2006

2542

661

1

4

660

June 2006

5768

847

11

3

1883

May 2006

3709

2616

13

11

6041

April 2006

3389

2236

69

8

5404

March 2006

2458

834

39

8

1265

February 2006

1639

2252

5

0

410

January 2006

5000

2092

11

11

1774

December 2005

2867

1476

12

38

748

November 2005

2714

1302

21

0

620

October 2005

2963

727

29

0

534

September 2005

1779

499

14

0

315

August 2005

1689

436

2

0

421

July 2005

2416

693

4

0

618

June 2005

3881

1437

7

0

724

May 2005

1963

871

20

0

512

April 2005

3047

1005

16

0

643

March 2005

2061

1923

9

0

442

February 2005

1960

7929

22

0

494

January 2005

3644

874

11

0

730

 TOTAL

58613

31904

362

85

25542

Scientific Conferences

 Balkan as seen from the outside: First international meeting of Slavic librarians in Sarajevo

“In what way and how much are Southeast Europe, especially B-H, librarianship, publishing and collections present at universities throughout the world and what are necessities of their users?” these are some of the questions discussed at the “Balkan as Seen Outside” conference. This first international meeting of Slavic librarians was held in Sarajevo from 22 to 24 April.

Primary goal of the conference was to introduce representatives of foreign libraries with current B-H publishing production for better placing of titles from B-H, as well as enabling direct contact of foreign and domestic librarians for future cooperation and inter-library exchange. Two main themes of the meeting were “Challenges in Choosing Collections and Their Presentation to Public” and “Globalisation Processes and Changes of User Communities”.

Human Rights Centre was co-organiser of the Conference and author of one of the introductory report.

The Centre was also engaged at the Second meeting of Slavic librarians in Sarajevo from 20-23 April 2006. Theme was “Slavic Collections – Future and Challenges”.

Regional Ethics Teaching Meeting - Split , 28-29 November 2005

The aim of the meeting is to discuss with a small and selected number of experts in ethics teaching from South Eastern Europe (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia-Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria) what is the state of the art in ethics teaching programmes (not only in bioethics, but also in science and technology departments). In the meeting we will ask every participant to describe his or her teaching programme(s), then we can make a comparative analysis, and finally we can discuss what UNESCO can contribute in order to advance ethics teaching, for example by creating a School of Ethics, bringing together experts from various countries who can create an international programme in this area. Representative of the Human Rights Centre of the University of Sarajevo presented at this meeting programme of “Science, technology and human rights” course that is part of Human Rights School for Future Decision Makers programme in Dubrovnik every year (in organisation of the Balkan Human Rights Network).