During a rare engagement between the Council of Europe’s decision-making body and civil society, human rights defenders and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights highlighted the need to support human rights defenders and raise awareness of their work in society.
PRESS RELEASE On the Occasion of One Year since the Beginning of the Implementation of the Brussels Agreement on Judiciary
On the occasion of one year since the beginning of the implementation of the Agreement on Judiciary concluded within the Brussels Dialogue of Belgrade and Prishtina, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM from Belgrade and the Advocacy Center for Democratic Culture ACDC from Mitrovica, invite the authorities in Belgrade and Prishtina to act responsibly regarding the implementation of undertaken obligations and introduce the implementation reporting.
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM informs the public that on Friday, November 2nd, the first criminal verdict was reached, where, imposing a sentence on a criminal offense, a hate crime, as a special aggravating circumstance, was taken into account.
The draft law on legal aid is unclear and some parts of it are even unconstitutional, experts who took part in a round table said adding that despite shortcomings it’s good that the law is a step away from being passed in the Serbian parliament.
Request for clarification regarding the Commission’s assessment of Serbian Constitutional Draft Amendments
On 24 October 2018, under the title: Ministry of Justice followed all the recommendations of Venice Commission, the Ministry of Justice in Serbian Government published “New Report of the Venice Commission” and explained that the Members of the Venice Commission, during the Commission’s 116th Plenary Session, discussed the fourth Draft of the Constitutional Amendments of Serbia.
JOINT STATEMENT Reaction to the Ministry of Justice’s claims Regarding the Venice Commission’s positive assessment
On 24 October 2018 the Ministry of Justice revealed on its website that the Members of the Venice Commission discussed during the Commission’s 116thPlenary Session the fourth Draft Constitutional Amendments of the Ministry.
As noted in the 2017 – 2019 House of Lords Report on the UK and future of the Western Balkans, “Instability in the region is driven by serious and deep-rooted governance challenges” – challenges which have been compounded by the practice of supporting stability over democracy. This has contributed to a rising “stabilitocracy” through which authoritarian governments have consolidated “their patronage networks, ensuring near invincibility at elections in years to come”…
THE NEW DRAFT TEXT OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS DOES NOT EXCLUDE POLITICAL INFLUENCE ON THE JUDICIARY
The Ministry of Justice has, to a certain extent, harmonized the draft text of the constitutional amendments with the recommendations of the Venice Commission. However, it needs to be pointed out that it has been harmonized in accordance with minimum standards, while other, more advanced solutions have not been taken into account.
Political T-shirts promoting nationalist ideas, glorifying war criminals and celebrating right-wing leaders from World War II are widely available in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
When a nationalist T-shirt shop and online store in the Croatian city of Split wanted to celebrate the World War II fascist Ustasa movement without getting into trouble with the authorities, it came up with a novel idea.
Serbian judiciary associations have criticised the proposed amendments to the Serbian constitution which the Justice Ministry published on Tuesday, saying that the changes were only cosmetic and and not in line with most of the recommendations made by the Venice Commission.