CHAPTER 23 – JUDICIARY AND FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS bgr2
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The review of the Republic of Serbia at the United Nations Human Rights Committee is taking place in a tense political climate in Serbia, and after years of continued deterioration of rights to freedom of expression, in particular media rights, and restrictions to the possibility to participate to public life in general. Previous three years in Serbia have been marked by an evermore growing decay of institutions and the rule of law.

 

CHAPTER 23 – JUDICIARY AND FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS bgr
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This Report is intended for additional information for the Committee’s consideration of Serbia’s report, submitted under the Article 40 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The main focus of this Report is on human rights issues already identified in the List of Issues, the Committee adopted on 29 July 2016. Having in mind that this Report is a Joint Submission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights and the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, it is drafted on more than 15 pages, as instructed by the Committee in its Information Note for NGOs.

 

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Pro-government media continued to smear independent journalists and human rights defenders, as well as the Ombudsperson’s Office. Prosecutions of crimes under international law committed during the armed conflict in the 1990s remained stalled. Several forced evictions took place in Belgrade. Refugees and migrants stranded in Serbia on their way to the EU lacked access to protection and essential services.

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We are announcing the call for proposals under European union and Government of the Republic of Croatia Office for Cooperation with NGOsco-funded MEDIA CIRCLE project for thegrassrootNGOs in theSoutheastern Europe (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). The deadline for submission of the applications is 16th September 2016 at 17.00 CET.

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The OSCE Mission to Serbia, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the civil society organization Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) will monitor on 1 December 2015 the elections of prosecutors to the Serbia’s State Prosecutorial Council (SPC).

The SPC is the body of prosecutorial self-administration. Six of the eleven SPC members, all prosecutors, are chosen through a process of peer election that is subject to approval by the National Assembly.

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The OSCE mission in Kosovo organized a regional conference on the challenges and best practices in the application of nondiscrimination legislature.

The panelists were experts in the field of human rights, ombudsman institutions and civil society organizations from the countries of the Western Balkans, as well as institutional representatives, among which were OSCE’s Office for democratic institutions.

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The procedure for the use of the Library of the House of Human Rights and Democracy:

Who can use this space?

The Library of the House of Human Rights and Democracy is available for use to all citizen groups, foundations, syndicates and active informal groups whose goals are the development of democracy and civic participation that which don’t endanger human rights. The space can also be used by other interested parties, national and local authorities and their institutions, media and donors if their activities are tied to citizen groups or the ambience in which these groups operate.