of the important directions of the Human Rights Defender’s work is the
cooperation with non-governmental organizations (NGO). Cooperation with NGOs is
of fundamental importance for improving the human rights situation in the
country and ensuring the rule of law and democracy in general.
of the effective platforms for cooperation with NGOs are advisory councils
adjunct to the Defender. In this regard, it is noteworthy that the Human Rights
Defender can establish advisory councils composed of representatives of NGOs
and independent specialists having the necessary experience and knowledge in
specific fields of human rights.
purpose of the councils is to provide assistance to the Defender in identifying
and discussing issues related to the protection of human rights and presenting
recommendation to competent authorities.
order to effectively solve the issues raised in the mentioned councils, their
extended sessions are organized, in which not only the members of the given
council participate, but also representatives of competent state bodies and
journalists. These sessions are essential platforms where representatives of
both NGOs and state bodies have the opportunity to present their positions on
discussed issues and come to a common solution.
are currently three advisory councils adjunct to the Defender: on prevention of
torture, on protection of human rights in armed forces, and on the protection
of rights of persons with disabilities.