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.
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.
OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE REGARDING THE DRAFT LAW ON AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS OF THE CRIMINAL CODE
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights expresses concern over the Draft Law on Amendments and Supplements of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Serbia, published on the website of the Ministry of Justice, which, as it was announced in the media, will be presented at the spring sitting of the National Assembly. The representatives of the legal profession in all areas – judges, prosecutors, lawyers, NGOs have come out in a clear and public opposition…
Press release of the House of Human Rights and Democracy regarding the conduct of the police against the demonstrators
The House of Human Rights and Democracy condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the actions of Belgrade police during their securing of the “1 of 5 million” rallies on Saturday and Sunday. Preventing disorder and protecting people and property are the primary tasks of police when it comes to securing public assemblies. Their inadequate assessment of the predictable security risk posed by protesters entering the RTS building, as well as the lack of a timely reaction, contributed to the escalation of violence. Therefore, the subsequent use of force by the police, which participants of the rally have been recorded and published, can be deemed disproportionate.
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.
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.
To the Ministry of Justice Professional associations, being completely devoted to promoting the rule of…
It is our great pleasure to invite you to the conference “Rule of Law, Access to Justice” that Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM is organizing on Friday, October 20th 2017. The conference will start at 11:00 AM in the House of Human Rights and Democracy (Conference Hall) in 4, Kneza Milosa Street, Belgrade.
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.