Annual report on Project's first year of operations from December 2010-November 2011, including lessons learned and best practices and makes suggestions for possible improvements in the delivery of legal services to Internally Displaced Persons and refugees.
The first of several human rights reports identifying human rights issues affecting internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Kosovo and Metohija in relation to property and non-property issues based upon observations and experiences of Project legal officers while providing legal assistance, as well as through reports from authoritative sources covering recent events.
This report is the first of a series of reports outlining obstacles to return to Kosovo and Metohija. It provides an introductory, non-exhaustive, overview of the institutions in Kosovo and through examples and actual cases it outlines the obstacles that IDPs face when deciding to return to their homes.
This report analyses the right to compensation and property restitution for IDPs, in the light of the existing international law applicable to Kosovo. The report takes into account certain specific aspects of the situation in Kosovo, like claims for destroyed property and reconstruction projects as a compensation for destroyed property.
The report analyses three crucial aspects of the access to justice for IDPs: language of the proceedings, court fees and legal representation and it provides information on how these provisions are implemented in practice. The practice of the courts in Kosovo is assessed in the light of the international human rights law applicable in the context of Kosovo.
The caseload of a legal aid project can serve as an excellent fact finding tool and thus document practices and trends in the actual implementation of the laws. This report, which serves as a basis for a broader access to justice report, analyses from the statistical point of view, the practice of the courts in Kosovo as documented by the information collected by the project in its daily interaction with IDPs seeking legal aid.