ADVOCACY PAPER: STRENGTHENING LGBTQ+ RIGHTS THROUGH THE LEGISLATION OF SAME-SEX PARTNERSHIPS IN SERBIA
The journey towards legal recognition of same-sex partnerships in Serbia has been ongoing for years. The National Strategy for the Prevention of Discrimination (2013-2018) highlighted the need for a law on samesex partnerships, yet it took until February 2021 for the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue to initiate a draft. Despite the established consensus of the CSOs and the executive government, the further adoption of the law was stopped.
Medical documents released by his team during a court battle in Australia show that Djokovic tested positive for the corona virus on December 16.
However, on that day, as in the next two, he was seen in public several times, although he should be in isolation.
“It is a criminal offense, under Article 248 of the Criminal Procedure Code, for which either a fine or up to three years in prison is envisaged,” Dragisa Calic of the Committee of Lawyers for Human Rights (Yukom) told the BBC in Serbian.
Until the moment the text was published, the Institute for Public Health “Trampoline” did not answer the BBC’s questions in Serbian about when Djokovic was given a positive test for the corona virus.
On the occasion of the recent violence by the police against citizens protesting at the City Hall on Sunday, December 24th, 2023, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM is highlighting concern about the excessive use of force by police officers. This disproportionate use of force evident in multiple videos circulating on social media and in the news overtly violates citizens’ fundamental rights to freedom, security, and peaceful assembly.
“Strengthening fundamental rights in Serbia” aims to enhance the protection of fundamental rights in Serbia through three components: protecting personal data, providing free legal aid, and protecting the rights of suspects. The project seeks to support the Government of Serbia in improving its policy and legal framework to comply with international commitments and EU accession negotiation requirements particularly related to Chapter 23 and to increase the legal literacy of civil servants.