07 Jul REGIONAL FORUM: Human rights and access to information


Civic Initiatives and the National Resource Centre for Civil Society have the pleasure to invite You to the Regional Forum “Human rights and access to information”. The Regional Forum will be held on 14 July 2022, online.

The Forum aims to present an overview and importance of the role of human rights and access to information during the pandemic time, by highlighting the legal aspects of enabling such activity, as well as sharing best practices of solidarity by CSOs related to the topic. 

The forum is organized in the framework of the project “Fostering regional cooperation and policy responses in time of crisis” implemented by Partners Albania for Change and Development, Macedonian Center for International Cooperation, Center for Civic Initiatives, Centre for Development of Non-Governmental Organizations, Civic Initiatives, and Kosovar Civil Society Foundation. The project is funded by the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and USAID.

The Forum will bring together representatives from civil society organizations, public institutions, the private sector, donors, academia, and media. 

Please find attached the Forum Agenda. Also, please note that translation will be provided in English, Albanian, Serbian, Macedonian and Bosnian language. 

To participate online in the forum, please register until July 12, 2022 , here. 

A confirmation of the registration and the Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants prior to the event.

Program outline

Online Regional Forum

Human rights and access to information

Serbia, 14 July 2022


Welcome Address and Opening Remarks    11:00-11:15

  • Bojana Selaković – Programme Director, Civic Initiatives
  • Ariola Agolli – Manager of National Resource Centre, Partners Albania for Change and Development


Session I: Human Rights during COVID 19 and post COVID pandemic situation. Regional, European and Global Perspectives 11:15- 11:45

  • Leo Pura, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE)
  • Orsolya Reich, Civil Liberties Union for Europe
  • Simona Mladenovska, Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN)

Moderator: Tara Petrović, Civic Initiatives

Session II:  Access to Information as a Human Right: a Pandemic Perspective 11:45- 12:30

This session will provide a presentation of the overall state of the current situation relating to the right to access to information from different perspectives (from CSOs that deal with issues related to transparency and accountability, the right to health, as well as independent institutions).

  • Ana Toskić Cvetinović, Partners Serbia
  • Nada Maričić Đorđević, Representative of the office of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance, Serbia 
  • Rade Đurić, SafeJournalists Network
  • Nevena Ružić, Open Society Foundation, Serbia 

Moderator: Bojana Selaković, Civic Initiatives

Coffee Break: 15 min

Session III: Restricting Information in the Covid-19 Era: Civil Society Response 12:45- 13:30

This session will aim to present and further discuss in-depth the challenges and difficulties faced by countries in the region when it comes to access to information and their impact on civil society and media, as well as the response of CSOs in countries in the region to various imposed restrictions.

  • Natalija Jovanović, BIRN Serbia
  • Borka Rudić, Secretary General, Association of BH Journalists (BHJ)
  • Dren Gërguri, Lecturer, Journalism Department, University of Pristina
  • Dragan Sekulovski, executive director, Association of Journalists of Macedonia
  • Klejda Ngjela, CRD Albania
  • Bojana Laković Konatar, Trade Union of Media of Montenegro

Moderator:  Marija Vujković, Civic Initiatives

Session IV: Recommendations and future coordinated actions of response in time of crises. Open discussion, based on the key issues identified and analyzed in the previous session and concluding remarks 13:30 – 14:00

Through open discussion, the session will aim to boost the debate and generate innovative approaches and recommendations, among stakeholders, for further improvement or development of a coordinated regional action of response for solution of the current state of concerns and future crises. 

The discussion and recommendations regenerated in the session will serve as input and further developed in Policy recommendations for institutions and stakeholders on addressing the problems and impact of pandemic situation. 

Facilitator: Bojana Selaković, Civic Initiatives