HRD School

The Programme

Participants in the HRD School will acquire skills and knowledge relating to:

  • The current human rights situation in the WB, including problems relating to discrimination of disadvantaged groups;
  • The functioning of the EU, UN and Council of Europe human rights mechanisms;
  • Advocacy opportunities at the local, national and international level;
  • Communications, both written and spoken, as well as the use of social media for campaigning;
  • Security, both physical and online.


  • Freedom of expression, assembly and association

    How basic freedoms are denied in Western Balkan states and in what ways can activists help overcome such challenges. A closer look at standards across the world and how to monitor these freedoms locally.
  • Strategic use of international human rights system

    Accessing international institutions and raising awareness of human rights violations in the region. How to strategically interact with the UN Special Procedures, Universal Periodic Review, ECHR and ways to utilise national courts.
  • Discrimination in the Western Balkans

    What are the most pressing forms of discrimination and how to support disadvantaged groups in tackling these issues. An overview of legislation, institutional mechanisms and practices of anti – discrimination in the region.
  • Monitoring and reporting human rights violations

    How to ensure violations aren’t left unpunished: how to record abuses and who should you turn to. Methodologies, strategies and tactics for monitoring and reporting violations of different human rights.
  • Advocating human rights in the EU

    What are the key institutions and civil society organisations fighting for your rights in Europe. Strategies and practical tools for advocating human rights in front of EU stakeholders.
  • Communicating human rights

    Spread the word and galvanise support by reaching out to media, civil society organisations and fellow human rights defenders. Develop communications for campaigns, framing and messaging, segmentation of audience, channels for targeting and public speaking.
  • Safety and security of human rights defenders

    What are the main threats against defending human rights in the region and which precautions should be taken. A closer emphasis on the most common digital threats for human rights defenders and which tools should be taken to ensure security.

Perast is a UNESCO protected old stone town at the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, 15 minutes drive from the city of Kotor and 40 minutes drive from Tivat. St. Anton Monastery was built in the 15th century and is located above the city of Perast, 3-5 minutes from the sea.