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.
The anti-discrimination laws were adopted in Serbia (2009), Kosovo (2004) and Montenegro (2010). However, despite their existence, these laws are rarely implemented completely, i.e. they are not applied adequately during anti-discrimination trials, thus often breaching the right to a fair trial guaranteed by the constitutions and international conventions..
YUCOM’s 2013 Annual Report is product of comprehensive all-year efforts and concretization of the idea of an overview of YUCOM’s activities, modeled on annual reports being published by regulatory bodies and by international human rights organizations. As one of the most influencing think-thanks in Serbia and the symbol of support to citizens when it comes to protection of their basic human rightsYUCOM is presenting its first annual report with the review of provided legal aid in 2013 and selected case studies, also with overviewof all the contrbutions to improvement of human rights protection as well as with the text about this issue’s specific theme which is the right of adequate housing of marginalized and socially disandvantiged groups in Serbia.
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, in the period from February – December 2013, implements the project Amending the Constitution online and offline which is financially supported by National Endowment for Democracy (National Endowment for Democracy – NED). The aim of the project is to establish conditions to amend the Constitution, which would lead to greater harmonization of the Constitution with the standards of human rights and freedoms, international law and democracy, including as many sides interested in the debate on amending the constitution and establishing a common platform of civil society and formulating priority areas in order to amend the Constitution and eliminating defects observed in previous analyzes and constitutional practice.