The citizens of Serbia have gone through a state of emergency which has brought with it controversy over the constitutionality of the introduced measures and human rights violations. Elections followed, and judicial reform has not yet been implemented, as noted by the European Commission in a negative context in its latest progress report. In the new edition of the EWB Screening, we talked about this with the president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights, Katarina Golubović.
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These are just some of the questions you can find answers to in the video messages of the representatives of the domestic and international public.
It can reasonably be expected that the results of the elections in Serbia on 21 June will lead to a political crisis, while the trust in government policy on fighting the pandemic has been dealt a serious blow in recent weeks, seven civil society organisations from the country wrote in a letter to EU institutions on Monday. The CSOs invited EU to remain true to its own founding values and norms and demand concrete track record in implementation of rule of law and fundamental democratic principles in Serbia.
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights, with the expert support of UN Human Rights Team Serbia presents the third brief analysis HUMAN RIGHTS AND COVID-19 – Analysis of the changes in legal framework during a state of emergency and impact on enjoying human rights – Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Freedom of the Media, the Right to Be Informed
Lawyers’ Committee for Human RIghts, with the expert support of UN Human Rights Team Serbia presents the second brief analysis HUMAN RIGHTS AND COVID-19 – Analysis of the changes in legal framework during a state of emergency and impact on enjoying human rights – The Right to a Fair Trial
In the Republic of Serbia, in order to prevent the spread of the infection and the effects caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the Decision on Declaring a State of Emergency was adopted on March 15th 2020. This decision, as well as many other regulations concerning it, that were adopted, have resulted in the restriction of certain rights of citizens.
The President of the Republic announced today the decision to declare a state of emergency, due to the danger of the coronavirus spreading. Along with the decision, he announced certain measures which would be introduced within the state of emergency. These measures entail closing of schools, kindergartens, faculites, as well as sports activities. A sentence of up to 3 years of prison was also announced for those who violate the decision on isolation, as well as the mandatory quarantine for Serbian citizens coming from abroad.
Serbian lawmakers on Saturday approved a long-awaited law that aims to shed light on the fate of hundreds of children whose parents fear might have been stolen from birth clinics throughout the Balkan country.
The bill passed on a 136-0 vote in the 250-member assembly. Two lawmakers abstained. The high number of absent lawmakers was unrelated to the bill, but an ongoing boycott of parliament sessions by opposition parties and other reasons.
The Balkan Policy Research Group (BPRG) and Kosovo – Serbia Advocacy Policy Group (KSPAG) is seeking the services of an external consultant(s) for the final evaluation of the “Promoting and Communicating Benefits of the Kosovo-Serbia EU Facilitated Dialogue” project funded by the European Union.
Document “Integrating the Western Balkans – Completing Future Europe” represents a set of recommendations by Serbian think tanks and civil society organizations specialized in European integration on how to effectively improve the EU enlargement framework. It is based on experience in monitoring, analyzing and participating in the EU accession process of Serbia and other Western Balkan countries.