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The purpose of this report was to conduct a comparative analysis between the domestic legislation and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, identify the areas of convergence and divergence, and make recommendations to improve the legal framework for children. Given the pace of legislative reforms aiming at harmonizing the domestic legal system with the international and European standards, each area is regulated by a complex layer of legislation. The present legal review is therefore based on a selection of the most relevant pieces of legislation adopted before May 2010. The present report should be seen as a live document that needs to be up dated regularly. Each section provides a legal review together with a situation analysis that provides contextual information and highlights gaps in the implementation of the existing laws, policies, and action plans. Whilst the domestic legal framework generally complies with international standards, there are some inconsistencies and these are identified in this report. Moreover, despite a relatively strong legal framework with regards to the rights of children, progress in the implementation remains weak with insufficient resources being allocated for legal provisions to be fully enacted.

Preparation: This report has been prepared by the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje – Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus with technical and financial support by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


Hate crimes are crimes based on prejudice. They happen everywhere; no society is immune to the effects of prejudice and intolerance. Individual hate crimes carry the seeds of potential conflicts, as they can escalate both in terms of numbers and levels of violence. If this is understood and firm measures taken, the cycle of violence can be stopped.

Preparation: OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) 


Preparation: Vlado Kambovski and Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska, with support from OSCE Mission to Skopje

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