Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM and the civil society organizations listed below, have expressed concern about the solutions contained in the Draft Law on Free Legal Aid. This is problematic seeing that this Law can directly affect the right to a balanced and equal access to justice for all people who are in need of it.
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.
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Civic associations with years-long experience in law and the judiciary hereby express concern about the way in which the expert and general public is engaged in the constitutional amendment procedure. In our opinion, the representatives of the Government and Justice Ministry need to open a public debate on constitutional amendments without delay, in which they will involve not only select civic associations (which had submitted their written suggestions on constitutional amendments), but other associations, institutions and most importantly – the citizens – as well. We call on the Justice Ministry to publish the draft constitutional amendments to be debated.
INVESTIGATE THE FAILURE OF POLICE WORK WHILE SECURING INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM appeals to be urgently investigated irregularities and illegalities in the work of police officers while they were securing a public assembly, inauguration of the President of the Republic of Serbia on 31 May 2017.
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM hereby appeals to the authorities in Serbia, with the aim of protecting democratic order and the rule of law, to investigate all reported cases that point to electoral irregularities, both in the pre-election period and on the elections day, especially those pertaining to criminal acts regarding the election process and right of citizens to freely vote.
At a meeting today with Ms Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, civil society representatives from the National Convention on the European Union opened the topics of European integration, rule of law, security, media rights, regional relations and common foreign policy of Serbia and the EU, with the active role of civil society in the negotiation process with the EU.
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.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, as an organization that has been fighting for human rights and democracy for many years, together with other Civil Society Organizations signed below, harshly condemns the actions with which the authorities in Serbia are undermining the reputation of the state, with non-transparent proposals of candidates for membership in international bodies, for positions in charge of human rights protection.
Statement on the Recusal of Judge Aleksandar Trešnjev and the High Judicial Council’s Decision to Review the Compatibility of the Judicial Function and Membership in the NGO CEPRIS
The recusal of judge Aleksandar Trešnjev and the High Judicial Council’s decision to review the compatibility of the judicial function and membership in the NGO Centre for Judicial Research (CEPRIS) amount to flagrant violations of the constitutionally guaranteed rights to work and association and interference in judicial independence.