On Friday, December 20, 2019, with the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights organized a conference “The Protector of Citizens in the Context of EU Integrations”, where a comprehensive study on the effectiveness of the institution of the Protector of Citizens, analysis of competencies of this institution, with particular reference to judicial competencies, as well as an analysis of the institutional framework of work and the position of local ombudsmen in the Republic of Serbia.
While the debate on changes to the penal code focuses on the emotive issue of life sentences for child killers, the authorities are busy smuggling in a raft of other changes that will seriously limit the liberty of Serbia’s courts.
Public warning to the State Prosecutorial Council, the Republic Public Prosecutor and the High Judicial Council: Stop state capture in the judiciary
Civil society organizations are calling on the State Prosecutors’ Council, the Republic Public Prosecutor and the HJC to do their work and stop further falling apart of institutions through the tabloids.
The actions of the Republic Public Prosecutor, based solely on the writing of the tabloid, without any verification, indicate a lack of confidence in the institution and in the members of the institution he is in charge of.
The main goal of the project is to improve the efficiency of institutions and to increase the independence of the Ombudsman, which would facilitate citizens’ access to information related to the Ombudsman’s work, as well as equal access to justice.