We are addressing this letter to you, as the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, but also to Mr. Vladimir Marinkovic, who chaired the Fourteenth Extraordinary Session of the National Assembly on July 16, 2019 with the intent to indicate to the serious abuses of the rights of the members of the Assembly clearly set forth in the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly and the violation ofthe Constitution and laws of the Republic of Serbia.
Training “Representing the rights of persons with disabilities in the procedures of deprivation and restitution of legal capacityʺ held in Belgrade
On Thursday, May 30, 2019, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human organized second training on Representing the rights of persons with disabilities in the procedures of deprivation and restitution of legal capacity in the premises of the House of Human Rights and Democracy in Belgrade.
Training “Representing the rights of persons with disabilities in the procedures of deprivation and restitution of legal capacityʺ held in Novi Sad
On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, the attorney-at-law of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights Kristina Todorovic and Teodora Tomic held training on Representing the rights of persons with disabilities in the procedures of deprivation and restitution of legal capacity in the premises of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina. The training gathered experts who work in the Center for Social Work and lawyers who represent persons in procedures where it should be decided on their legal capacity.
The House of Human Rights and Democracy strongly condemns statements of the representatives of the executive and legislative authorities directed against Judge Miodrag Majic at the session of the National Assembly, as an attempt to undermine the professional integrity and independence of a judge for expressing his expert opinion. Contesting the independence and expertise of a judge and retaliation due to exercising his, guaranteed by the Constitution, rights to freedom of expression and association is unacceptable in a democratic society.
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.
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights attended the final conference of the RARE project “Change of Discourse, Change of Practice: Roma as a Human Resource” held in the Assembly of Vojvodina. Aside from the experiences of the Roma Inclusion Office and the Know How Center, their experiences also presented organizations and partner institutions from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania.
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.
Two Serbian Radical Party politicians are refusing to travel to The Hague to face contempt-of-court proceedings after the UN court revoked its decision to allow a trial in Belgrade because witnesses said they feared for their safety.
Commissioner calls on authorities in Serbia to reconsider decision on the Draft Law on Amendments and Supplements of the Criminal Code
In a letter, published today, that the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights addressed on May 7, 2019, to the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia, Nela Kuburovic, the authorities have been recalled to reconsider the Draft law introducing a sentence of lifelong imprisonment eligibility for conditional release for persons convicted of some of the gravest crimes.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM organized the conference “Challenges of Integrating the Judiciary in Kosovo – The Effects of the Agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on Access to Justice” with the aim of presenting the publication “Integration of the Judiciary in the Context of Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and the EU Accession Process”. The publication has presented a unique overview of the implementation and effects of the Justice Agreement reached within the Brussels dialogue, as well as the fulfillment of all related activities that Serbia has undertaken in the process of accession to the European Union, through Chapters 23 and 35. The publication is the result of the project “Towards Stronger Judiciary through Citizens’ Monitoring” which has been implemented with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade and the Balkan Trust for Democracy.