This report is the result of the OSCE Mission to Serbia’s (hereinafter: the OSCE Mission) efforts to monitor the peer elections of prosecutors to the State Prosecutors’ Council (SPC), conducted from October to December 2020. The Serbian non-governmental organization YUCOM served as an implementing partner in monitoring the election. Activities included: monitoring peer elections across Serbia; analysing the underlying legal framework; and interviewing prosecutors who participated in the process.
This report is the result of the OSCE Mission to Serbia’s (hereinafter: the OSCE Mission) efforts to monitor the peer elections of judges to the High Judicial Council (HJC), conducted from October to December 2020. The Serbian non-governmental organization YUCOM served as an implementing partner in monitoring the election. Activities included: monitoring the nomination processes in selected courts; monitoring peer elections across Serbia; analysing the underlying legal framework; and interviewing judges who participated in the process.
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.
Citizens’ trust in the judiciary is built through open communication. Our project established a dialogue between citizens and the judiciary. During the Covid-19 pandemic, judges and prosecutors spoke publicly about the rights and processes that citizens are most interested in at this difficult time. So far, over 20 online local council meetings have been held.
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.
What is the importance of civil society?
How does civil society participate in the policy-making process?
What is our contribution to promoting the rule of law and protecting human rights?
These are just some of the questions you can find answers to in the video messages of the representatives of the domestic and international public.
It can reasonably be expected that the results of the elections in Serbia on 21 June will lead to a political crisis, while the trust in government policy on fighting the pandemic has been dealt a serious blow in recent weeks, seven civil society organisations from the country wrote in a letter to EU institutions on Monday. The CSOs invited EU to remain true to its own founding values and norms and demand concrete track record in implementation of rule of law and fundamental democratic principles in Serbia.
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights, with the expert support of UN Human Rights Team Serbia presents the third brief analysis HUMAN RIGHTS AND COVID-19 – Analysis of the changes in legal framework during a state of emergency and impact on enjoying human rights – Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Freedom of the Media, the Right to Be Informed
Lawyers’ Committee for Human RIghts, with the expert support of UN Human Rights Team Serbia presents the second brief analysis HUMAN RIGHTS AND COVID-19 – Analysis of the changes in legal framework during a state of emergency and impact on enjoying human rights – The Right to a Fair Trial
In the Republic of Serbia, in order to prevent the spread of the infection and the effects caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the Decision on Declaring a State of Emergency was adopted on March 15th 2020. This decision, as well as many other regulations concerning it, that were adopted, have resulted in the restriction of certain rights of citizens.