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.
Training “Monitoring, Reporting and Specificity of Criminal Proceedings for Crimes With Elements of Corruption” held at Human Rights and Democracy House in Belgrade
On November 6, 2017, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, held a training “Monitoring, Reporting and Specificity of Criminal Proceedings for Criminal Offenses with Elements of Corruption” at the Human Rights and Democracy House in Belgrade.
Third training “Monitoring, Reporting and Specificity of Criminal Proceedings for Crimes With Elements of Corruption” held at the Law Faculty in Nis
The third out of four planned trainings “Monitoring, Reporting and Specificity of Criminal Proceedings for Criminal Offenses with Elements of Corruption” was held at the Law Faculty in Nis on October 27, 2017. Training was intended for students of the final year at the Faculty of Law and students of master studies, willing to engage in the legal clinic. It was organized as part of the project “Empowering students of law clinics to follow corruption trials”.
It is not easy to represent your own rights and interests in court. You will…
Since the establishment in 1997, YUCOM has been constantly and successfully providing legal assistance to victims of human rights violations (to minority groups, human right defenders, journalists and others) before relevant national bodies and courts, as well as European Court for Human Rights and UN Committee for Human Rights. Our Free legal Aid team consists of three attorneys and 4 lawyers, working full time on the free legal aid cases. As the results of strategic litigation that YUCOM is continuously providing, many different legislative changes were brought in order to create more efficient protection of human rights before national authorities, European Court on Human Rights and UN Committees.
The research “Social Services and Migration: integration and coherence between the actors in the provision of better services for the refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia” was implemented in the period from January to December 2016 in a dramatic turn of events in view of the waves of refugees from the East to the West.
Country report on the information system, advisory and active assistance for the citizens of Serbia was developed as a result of the research conducted by the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights within the project Triple A for Citizens: Access to information, Advice and Active help. The research included the analysis of the legal framework in the field of provision of information, advisory services for the citizens and provision of free legal aid. The report provides the overview of the obligation to provide information and advice as defined by the regulations of the RS.
This publication is a result of the project ‘NGOs and the judiciary – watch dog activities, interactions, collaboration, communication’ conducted between January 2015 and March 2016 with the support of the funding from International Visegrad Fund and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. The Project provided a platform for exchange of experiences and best practices involving six organizations from six different countries: Czech Republic (CEELI Institute), Slovakia (VIA IURIS), Poland (INPRIS), Albania (Albanian Helsinki Committee), Macedonia (Coalition of Civil Associations “All for fair trials”) and Serbia (Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM).
Writing of the introduction for YUCOM’s annual report, as well as the introduction to the text which presents the overview of the status of human rights in the year behind us, is placed in the context of the situation in the media and TV programs which were cancelled during previous year, and which have left the mark on the media scene in Serbia.