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20. svibnja, 2019.

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Sustainability of humanistic values and democratic principles - Sustainability of the EU

In 2017., 2018, and 2019., Cenzura Plus, with its important partners from the Western Balkans and EU, implemented Project “Sustainability of humanistic values and democratic principles = Sustainability of the EU", supported by the EU - Europe for Citizens Programme under the Decision number 2017-1484 / 001-001.

The Project targeted the most important weaknesses of the transition societies, such is Croatia society – the newest EU member state from the Western Balkans (that just celebrated its 6th anniversary in the EU), that we’ve recognized.

For the biggest problems that we have choose to point out and try to influence by our activities, are struggling to sustain and implement democratic reforms, that transition and conflict society, such is Croatian, went through in the process of negotiation for EU membership and that the Candidate Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia), are just trying to go through and how to assure that positive democratic changes that will be gained through reforms, will be irreversible and not as they turned out to be, in some New Member States, one of which is Croatia, too, unfortunately. 

At the same time those countries are part of the closed „Balkans’ route“ and were, are and will be in situation to witness suffering of large number of people in front of their borders and on their territory and create their own response, as well as participating in EU joint response on refuges' crises. In years of intense migration, as well as economic recession, it is well known fact that standards of fundamental rights and freedoms of the people, as well as all other rights (citizens, social, political, humanitarian) are derogating and are hugely violated in the practice, in particularly toward the minorities of every kind.

Some of the problems that we’ve targeted, specifically, were:

  • Present politically and, by populism, conditioned historical revisionism related to Second World War and rising nationalism and xenophobia in Croatia and Western Balkans, but, at some extent, in the EU, too.
  • Rising fascism and islamophobia.
  • Debates related to changes of security laws and policies that went in the direction that basic humanitarian acts such are humanitarian helping the illegal migrant/ refugee, on the street, will be a criminal act.
  • Derogation and the threatening of the women’s rights and the rights of sexual minorities, by continuous public pressure of the strengthening right-wing, military and church movements (continuous attempts to make abortion illegal and the fact that Croatia, thanks to movement “In the name of the family” went through public referendum and exchange Constitution in the sense that marriage can be only partnership in between man and woman, for example).
  • Increasing incidents of violence, on the public places, against gay people and, in Croatia, against of the people of Serbs’ national minority.
  • Failing to implement new democratic laws that supposed to increase transparency of governing and combating of the corruption, such are Law against conflict of interest and institutional bodies, such is related Committee, as well as announcements that the very laws related to those issues will be changed and weakened.
  • Weakening and making impossible work of civil society in Croatia through cutting the meaningful watch-dog, antidiscrimination and anticorruption funding (by late or not at all publishing the call for proposals from decentralized EU funds or adapting conditions and  indicators in those published calls for proposals, on a way that they are completely meaningless and absurd, as well as being that late with payments of implemented contracts, that civil society organizations, that don’t have their own private assets to use as mortgage for the private banks’ loans, are not able to survive). 

To provide any kind of answer to those negative society developments and try to influence public and rise consciousness on how negative those developments are, through this Project we've organized numerous public and educational events, as well as media outputs, trying to target those problems as openly and as radical as possible. 

Some of the things that we did were:

  • Organizing nominations and elections of the individuals and groups who contributed the most to fight against fascism in Croatia and public programme and award ceremony for those who won the prize „En Face - ANFAS“ – big public events in Split and Zagreb.
  • Organizing huge number of lectures, exhibitions, public events and workshop as a part of unique festival, „Festival of other and otherness“ – „qFEST“, where we in public space of one of the most closed and traditional communities in Croatia – in Split, still second town by its size in Croatia, brought queer culture, sexual minorities, gay PRIDE parade and numerous scenes and debates on diversity and acceptance of diversity.
  • Organizing presentation, public debate and in live testimonies - „QUEER FACES MIGRANT VOICES“, of refugees from Syria, Iraq and other countries participating in migrants and refugees wave in front of the Croatian audience.
  • Organizing 2 days music and ethno festival „GLJEVSTOK“ with over the 1500 visitors and bringing performers from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Jufkamental band, band established in premises of Rock school and International music centre Pavarotti in Mostar, BiH) and Choir „Domescticguests/Domaćigosti“, that brings together lovers of singing who contribute to the music diversity of the Croatian society by singing songs from all over the world - the idea for the choir started brewing back in 2015, with refugees wave happened in Croatia and its main goal is to contribute to integration of migrants and asylum seekers in Croatian society.
  • Organizing Serbian Theatre Play „THREE GUINEAS“ upon the peace of Virginia Woolf, which is essentially a critique of patriarchy and making the link between patriarchal family life and its connection to fascism. The play was woman voice for responsible education, economic independency and against violence, war and fascism.
  • Organizing numerous lectures such is lecture for students of journalism, on Faculty of political sciences in Zagreb, on ethics in journalism and how used vocabulary and media scenes/photos can influence public opinion, in particularly in the time of regression in humanistic values and standards in societies and refugee crises.
  • Researching, producing and public presenting the Policy study on refugee crises on Balkan's route (North Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia), reactions of those countries and influence of the crises on the public policies changes in those countries.
  • Organizing several smaller conferences and debates on status of civil society in Western Balkans countries and big, 3-days long, International conference on the „Sustainability of the civil society in new member states of the EU and the Western Balkans countries and the role of the EU funds in it“, with around 100 participants, from 7 different countries.
  • Producing, filming and broadcasting 18 1-hour long educational TV shows „Cenzura“ and numerous others media outlets.

All events that we've organized were strongly focused on opening discussion on existing society taboos, clearly warning on negative society trends - no matter how publicly unpopular, even dangerous at the time, was to publicly advocate for their combating, ground-breaking in the sense that they were never publicly present in that community (for example, the exhibition „Beirut Sun Tanners“, of Vianney Le Caer, French photographer, is a serial of 20 photographs, provocative for Split's traditional and hypocritical community, were exposed in the Old City Hall of Split, the most prestige exhibition place and the Split's famous landmark, where only mainstream expositions were held, on the central square, in the Split's historical old town, in the heart of touristic season!) and radical in the sense that they were completely something new and opposite to public opinion of majority of traditional population, highly conservative and quite supportive to movements like „In the name of family“ that promotes that homosexuality is socially unacceptable sickness (catholic church association, with not transparent funding, today supported and through institutional support of the National Foundation for the Civil Society Development – institutional body that supposed to have completely different role for development of democracy in Croatia, than it preforms today!) or „Walk for life“, movement that fights against women choice and to make abortion illegal.

At the end we want to emphasize that we are very grateful for financial support and understanding in the process, to Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the EU. That cooperation was excellent experience and enabled us to organize creative and as we apprise them - meaningful activities, for the time and context that our societies are in, which is not case with domestic administration for decentralized EU funds in Croatia. That way we were able to support social acceptance of those diversities that are not only socially unaccepted but often openly experience violence and hater (and to not only provide regular social services instead of the state, on which is decentralized EU funding in Croatia is brought down). Knowing that this might easily be our last Action, since we are not sure any longer, that we are able to fight anymore domestic administration and destruction of civil society that is happening in Croatia (by the mentioned late or not at all publishing the call for proposals from decentralized EU funds or adapting conditions and  indicators in those published calls for proposals, on a way that they are completely meaningless and absurd, as well as being that late with payments of implemented contracts, that civil society organizations, that don’t have their own private assets to use as mortgage for the private banks’ loans, are not able to survive), this opportunity and cooperation was really rewarding.

This Project directly involved over 3.688 participants through its activities, several hundreds of people were involved as public on the streets by its public events and performances and over 100.000 people were reached by its campaign and media outlets. Also, it involved participants from over 16 countries (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom, French, Slovakia, Netherlands, Syria, Iraq, Portugal, South Trinidad) and as its very visible festival (qFEST), with street performances, exhibitions and many other activities, was organized in the heart of touristic season in the touristic destination Split, on the Adriatic coast, many other tourists, from many other places from Europe, witnessed it too.

Javne politike prema migracijama u zemljama na Balkanskoj ruti

01. svibnja, 2019 / Televizijske emisije

Javne politike prema migracijama u zemljama na Balkanskoj ruti

Munir Podumljak iz udruge Partnerstvo za društveni razvoj - Zagreb predstavlja studiju o promjenama u javnim politikama prema migracijama u zemljama na „Balkanskoj ruti“ te utjecaju tih promjena na opće društvene vrijednosti.

CENZURA PLUS je neprofitna organizacija civilnog društva iz Splita, koja metodama neovisne televizijske produkcije, van institucionalnog obrazovanja i javnog zagovaranja promiče ljudska prava, slobodu medija i radi na razvoju civilnog društva

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Donatori

Eu razvoja ljudskih potencijala Ministarstvo kulture Nacionalna zaklada za razvoj civilnog društva Norveški fond Ured za udruge Europe for citizens Strukturni i investicijski fondovi AEM Ministarstvo socijalne politike i mladih
 

Projekti “Socijalne usluge – nove mogućnosti za zapošljavanje”, “Volontiranjem prema društveno i ekonomski snažnijim zajednicama“, “Aktivnim građanstvom prema razvoju i boljoj kvaliteti života u lokalnim zajednicama južne Hrvatske“, “Društveno (socijalno) poduzetništvo – korak prema boljoj socijalnoj uključenosti”, “Odgovorna i proaktivna zajednica – garancija socijalne uključenosti i bolje kvalitete života svojih građana” sufinancirani su od strane Europske unije. Projekti su također sufinancirani od strane Ureda za udruge Vlade RH, Ministarstva kulture, Ministarstva socijalne politike i mladih, te Agencije za elektroničke medije. Projekt „Unapređenje ljudskih prava u lokalnim zajednicama“ financiran je kroz Financijski mehanizme europskog gospodarskog prostora (EGP) i Norveški financijski mehanizam 2009.-2014.