In democratic societies, the possibility of effective legal protection of violated or endangered rights is a basic condition for the maintenance of Rule of Law. One of the instruments for exercising the right to access to justice and respecting the standards for a fair trial is the right to legal assistance. According to Article 67 of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia (hereinafter: the Constitution), the right to legal assistance under the conditions specified by law is guaranteed to everyone.
In a letter to the UN Secretary-General, a coalition of more than 70 civil society organisations has put forward proposals to revitalise and enhance the process to select the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Empowering the reporting on rule of law standards in Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lawyers Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM is conducting a regional project under the auspices of the Balkan Regional Network for the Rule of Law (BRRLN) in cooperation with the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Macedonia, Tirana Legal Aid Society (TLAS) from Albania, Balkans Policy Research Group (BPRG) from Kosovo and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination was adopted in 2009. It is estimated that during eight years of implementation, around 150 cases were initiated before Serbian courts. The analysis presented here is based on representative sample of 87 cases, gathered primarily from legal service of the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality and the civil society organisation Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (JUKOM) from Belgrade.
The aim of this publication is primarily to provide overview of some of the existing solutions for the problem of hate crime and hate speech in the European Union Acquis, as well as the practice of the European Court of Human Rights. In its numerous judgments, this court has thoroughly dealt with these issues though different legal systems of the states signatories of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and which, in their historical and social specifics, faced similar problems in processing of hate crime as Serbia today.
MDTF JSS, in cooperation with the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, conducted a promotion campaign of the Self-Representation Guide, which was jointly developed in 2017.
Citizens are usually unaware of their rights and obligations and therefore have a justified fear in meeting with unknown judicial procedures to them, since the outcome can sometimes have a crucial impact on their lives.
PRESS RELEASE ON THE DRAFT VERSION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PUBLISHED BY THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
Our organisations, committed to rule of law values, have always advocated the exclusion of any undue influence on the judiciary and the improvement of the quality of the national judiciary, with a view to achieving the standards of quality, efficient and accountable judicial systems and the full separation of powers. We therefore applaud the publication of the draft version of the constitutional amendments by the Justice Ministry, hoping that it will initiate a genuine and substantial public debate among the representatives of the government, judicial profession and the NGO sector.
Following the brutal slaying of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, analysts from both Serbia and Kosovo fear for the future of the EU-led dialogue, which was already in trouble.
Following a string of purges in the wake of the failed 2016 coup in Turkey, hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs, and tens of thousands more were arrested. Many political opponents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fled the country. A partisan judicial system, along with reports of torture in Turkish jails, provided sufficient grounds for many European states to disallow the extradition of Turkish citizens to their home country, even when they were wanted for arrest by Interpol.
Marking International Migrants Day today, on the December 18th, DRIM project consortium lead by Slovenian Migration Institute would like to draw your attention to a DRIM project website, where personal stories of individuals from our main target groups (migrants, public authorites, NGO-workers) discussing the need for an improved access to information are being collected.