The committees on human rights in Western Balkans have many similarities regarding the status, competences, institutional set up, capacities as well as the cooperation and communication with the other national and international institutions and organizations that have focus on protection and promotion on human rights. Most of the committees have been established in 2000s and only few at the beginning of 1990ties. This fact stresses out the importance of promotion and protection of human rights in the WB Parliaments. The oldest committee was established at the end of 1991 in the Parliament of North Macedonia and it is unique towards the others because it has constitutional status as only parliamentary committee which is provided in the Constitution of the Republic of North Macedonia. The importance of the committees is easily recognized by their status in the Parliament set up. In 5 of 6 parliaments, the committees have standing status-moreover out of those 5 parliaments one committee has constitutional status. However, in the “youngest” Parliament (Kosovo) the committee has functional status which is lower status than standing.
08 October 2019