Committee for Human Rights (CHR) Leskovac was established to help restore peace in the Western Balkans by aiding processes of dealing with the past. CHR Leskovac is located in south Serbia, near the border with Kosovo. The key goals of CHR Leskovac are to facilitate conditions that would enable Serbs and Albanians in this part of Serbia to live together in peace and harmony.
CHR Leskovac has been consistently involved in peacebuilding efforts, attempts at strengthening the cooperation between Serbs and Albanians, and protecting the rights of the Albanian national minority in Serbia through free legal aid.
One of CHR Leskovac's most significant achievements is the project "Kosovo problem – truth and delusion", simultaneously implemented in Serbia and Kosovo. CHR Leskovac is the only Serbian organization directly cooperating with Kosovo Ombudsman's Office, providing legal aid to both Serbs in Kosovo and Albanians from Serbia and Kosovo.
CHR Leskovac also organized a series of talks with former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, as well as with former members of Serbian military forces.
An example of CHR in action
Following a request to the Kosovo's Ombusman Office, CHR Leskovac learned about 56 men of Albanian nationality who were imprisoned in Vranje, Leskovac, and Nis without solid legal grounding, but rather because they were Albanians. Through their intervention, and with the assistance of OSCE Mission in Serbia, CHR managed to have the men released and provided them with adequate transport back to Pristina.
Founded in 1996
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Civil & Human Rights
The Human Rights Committee of Leskovac is a non-governmental and non-profit organization.
It was informally founded in 1992 by the determination of several citizens of Leskovac to unite and together oppose the then escalating repression of Slobodan Milosevic's government against the citizens of Serbia. The Committee received the official registration of the competent bodies on December 13, 1996. Faced with the tragic consequences of the beginning of the war in Croatia, with the beginning of the war conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Committee's activists began their activities. Opposing the violent mobilization for these wars, legal aid and public support for citizens who refused to participate in the war are the first such activities in southern Serbia.