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The Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM has the pleasure to present the Report on Attacks on Human Rights Defenders in Serbia for 2020. The Report is based on the collected information during the first year of one of the action In Solidarity for the Rights of All, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM, in partnership with the Belgrade Center for Security Policy (BCSP) and the Association People’s Parliament, with the support of EU Delegation, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM has the pleasure to invite you to the presentation of the Report on Attacks on Human Rights Defenders in Serbia for 2020 which will be held on Monday, April 19th, 2021 at 10 AM via Zoom platform. The Report is based on the collected information during the first year of one of the action In Solidarity for the Rights of All, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM, in partnership with the Belgrade Center for Security Policy (BCSP) and the Association People’s Parliament, with the support of EU Delegation, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

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Before the hearing, Yukom’s President Katarina Golubovic told N1 Vulin had continuously called Albanians „Shiptars“ (a pejorative term for Kosovo Albanians in Serbia) and insulted the dignity of the Albanian national minority in his former capacity of Defence Minister during the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations. She said Serbia’s policy should not be based on hate speech. „We believe that we must point out that Serbia’s policy cannot be based on hate speech, especially towards the Albanian national minority. And particularly in the period when it is necessary to find a solution between Belgrade and Pristina,“ Golubovic told N1 outside the Belgrade Palace of Justice.

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After the publication of the new EU enlargement methodology last year, numerous commentators stated that its application to Montenegro and Serbia will not dramatically change the current rules. This was confirmed in the proposal of the European Commission, which reached the media in the region last week. Should the Member States decide to endorse the current proposals, the interim rule of law benchmarks will become a category with an even greater weight in the future, which is notable, but hardly surprising.

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The Solidarity for the Rights of All Network presents the # 1 Newsletter on attacks and pressure on human rights defenders in Serbia. The team documents attacks and pressures on the Incident Map through research of publicly available information and interviews with the victims. During 2020, 100 attacks and pressures were registered on the Map, both against those who deal with the protection of human rights, as well as those who found themselves in that role due to their actions and suffered consequences. The Solidarity for the Rights of All Network is led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, Belgrade Center for Security Policy and the People’s Parliament.

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On the occasion of the open call for physical violence by the Member of the National Assembly, Aleksandar Martinović, civil society organizations gathered in National Convention on the European Union working groups for Chapters 23 and 24 and cross-sectoral groups for political criteria and freedom of expression and the media demand a reaction from the President of the National Assembly from the position of Chairman of the Committee on Administrative, Budgetary, Mandate and Immunity Issues.

 

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Report No. 2 on the implementation and effects of the Justice Agreement “Integration of Judiciary in the Judicial System of Kosovo in the context of European Integration and dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina” is the result of a research which the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM conducted in the period April 2019 – December 2020. In addition to findings on how the agreement was implemented and integration of Serbian judiciary into Kosovo’s institutions started, this report shows the current state how integrated judicial institutions have been working within three years of Agreement’s implementation. Based on the findings of the first report, the second report specifically interprets involvement of Serbian courts in achieving access to justice for citizens living or exercising rights in Kosovo. The findings show whether and to what extent access to justice for citizens of northern Kosovo has been improved.

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM has the pleasure to invite you to the conference “Judiciary Integration in the context of Belgrade and Prishtina dialogue and the EU accession process” which will be held on March 4, 2021 at 1 pm via Zoom platform. The conference is the final event of the Towards Stronger Judiciary via Citizen Monitoring: Phase 2 project, implemented by YUCOM during 2020 and 2021 with the support of the Royal Embassy of Norway and the Balkan Trust for Democracy.

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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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