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0 A Serbian Guide to Ruining Reputations

False allegations against the Serbian war crimes prosecution and the enforced retirement of the prosecutor suggest that powerful people are still trying to hide the truth about the 1990s conflicts.

In the shadow of global events, such as the tragic attack in Paris and the mass killing in Nigeria, when we look closely at someone else’s backyard, it is our duty to look at our own yard too. We need to acknowledge what we have done about the 1990s, when similar news was coming out of our country, when just like today innocent people were targeted because of religion, hatred, warmongering propaganda and someone else’s interests.

0 Publication: „On the other side of homophobia: Analysis of the life experiences of LGBT persons in Serbia and recommendations for lowering discrimination“

Civil society organization Safe Pulse of Youth has presented within the project Coalition for Equality – STEP a new publication titled „On the other side of homophobia: Analysis of the life experiences of LGBT persons in Serbia and recommendations for lowering discrimination“.

Twenty people were interviewed in the course of preparing this publication, in order to attain the personal confessions of LGBT people. These confessions were then classified into three categories, in order to emphasize the numerous difficulties that LGBT people face in everyday life – in the family home, at school and at work.

0 Serbia: Release detained human rights activists

Amnesty International is concerned about reports on the arrest and detention of nine Bulgarian nationals, a Slovak and a Finnish national by the Serbian authorities, in what appears to be attempts to prevent the holding of peaceful demonstrations.

The individuals, who had reportedly travelled to Serbia to participate in peaceful demonstrations against the Chinese authorities’ actions towards Falun Gong practitioners during a summit of leaders from Central Eastern Europe and China in the capital Belgrade, were taken from their hotels by police and detained.

0 Call for the conference – The Challenges of Free Legal Aid Providing and the Mechanisms for Combating Hate Crimes

Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM wants to invite you to the final annual conference “The Challenges of Free Legal Aid Providing and the Mechanisms for Combating Hate Crimes” which will be held in the Media Center Belgrade (Terazije 3, ​Big​ Hall, at the first floor) on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12 p.m.

The activities and results of YUCOM’s work on improving the protection of human rights in Serbia in 2014 will be presented at the conference. Taking into account this year’s focus on the issues relating to citizens’ access to justice, as well as problems and challenges in combating hate crimes, the panelists will present their experiences and challenges in legal representation in 2014, particularly in relation to ineffective response of the system in cases of injuries human rights.

0 Hague Releases Seselj on Health Grounds

The Hague Tribunal is releasing the Serbian ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj because he has cancer and his health is deteriorating, although his marathon trial is not yet over.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, on Thursday granted provisional release to Vojislav Seselj, who has been on trial for 11 years for war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia during the 1990s.

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0 House of Human Rights opened in Belgrade

It aims “to ensure more comprehensive action in the human rights sector through cooperation between local and international civilian society organizations and thus contribute to the democratization of the society,” Tanjug reported.

The House commenced its work thanks to the facilities provided by the City of Belgrade and the support for reconstruction offered by the Norwegian government. It was officially opened on Thursday by Crown Prince of Norway Haakon Magnus.

0 Reminder: International LGBT Conference in Belgrade, 12-13 September 2014

In case you have not already done so, we would hereby like to invite you to register for the International Conference “The future belongs to us: LGBT rights on the road to the European Union” that will take place on September 12 and 13 in Belgrade, Hotel Metropol Palace .

Within the Conference, a cocktail in the Belgrade City Hall will also be organized, on Friday September 12, at 7 PM.

Read more about the Conference here.

0 Training for the Monitoring of National War Crimes Trials

Representatives of the Humanitarian Law Fund, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and YUCOM are attending seminars that aim to achieve the highest level of expertise in monitoring and reporting of the trial for war crimes before the Special War Crimes Department of the High Court in Belgrade. The trainings are organized by the OSCE Mission to Serbia and supported by the European Union.

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