Human Rights Series

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.


0 Milan Filipović takes part in AI Regulation Master Class Program

Milan Filipović from YUCOM, scholarship holder and civil society representative, actively participated in the first meeting of the MASTER CLASS “Regulating artificial intelligence: legal and ethical challenge”. This event brought together AI and regulatory experts to discuss key aspects of AI regulation. Participants also discussed the future of artificial intelligence and how to deal with the legal and ethical issues that arise with the increasingly widespread use of this technology.

0 Advocating for Minority Rights: Jovana Spremo’s Insights on European Integration

Jovana Spremo, Advocacy Director at YUCOM, spoke at the round table “Process ofEuropean integration and policy towards minorities” organized by the Forum10 initiative from Novi Pazar. As part of the discussion, which was attended by representatives of independent institutions, national councils of nationalminorities and civil society, Jovana presented the current state of progress within Chapter 23, which concerns the protection and position of nationalminorities. She particularly emphasized how the process of Serbia’s accession to the EU can be used to improve the position of minority communities, as well as to encourage an environment for acceptance of diversity, reduction of hate speech and more meaningful and comprehensive integration.

0 Milan Filipović from YUCOM contributes to Regional Conference on Media Freedom and Safety of Journalists in Sarajevo

Milan Filipović, Research Director at YUCOM, participated in the Regional Conference on Media Freedom, Access to Information and Safety of Journalists, which took place on September 15 in the UN building, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The conference brought together distinguished experts, journalists, and civil society representatives to discuss key issues concerning media freedom, the protection of journalists, the suppression of hate speech on the Internet, and the improvement of the safety of female journalists.


0 Cooperation with the OSCE Mission in advancing victims’ rights and fight against hate crimes

On July 6 and 7, 2023, Kristina Todorović, attorney at law from the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, participated at the 19th coordination meeting in Vršac, which gathered representatives of competent state authorities and civil society organizations with the aim of preventing hate crimes in the Republic of Serbia. During the meeting, the project of the OSCE Mission in Serbia “Support to victims and witnesses of criminal acts in Serbia” was presented to the participants, with a special focus on activities related to advancing their rights and support to victims of hate crimes.


0 YUCOM participated in the event Internet Freedom Meet in Belgrade
From June 26 to 29, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, actively participated in the four-day conference, Internet Freedom Meet, hosted by BIRN in Belgrade, Serbia. The event brought together journalists, activists, and tech enthusiasts working in digital rights, featuring 18 esteemed speakers, all united in their commitment to upholding internet freedom and promoting a safer online environment.
0 Speaking at the webinar: User-Friendly Courts

Milan Filipović, Director of Research at the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) was one of the speakers at the webinar “User-Friendly Courts”. Organized by the International Association of Court Administration (IACA), the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), Millennium Partners, and the East-West Management Institute, this event aimed to explore strategies for establishing accessible and inclusive justice systems.


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