NEWSLETTER #1 – ON ATTACKS AND PRESSURE AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN SERBIA

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NEWSLETTER #1
ON ATTACKS AND PRESSURE AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN SERBIA 

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.

MOST RECENT ATTACK

New attack by MP Aleksandar Martinović on CRTA

On March 17, 2021, Aleksandar Martinović, a member of parliament, continued a series of attacks by MPs on CRTA. Martinović made accusations against Raša Nedeljkov and Vukosava Crnjanski from CRTA, stating that they embezzled funds donated to this organization, from which they bought expensive cars and large apartments. Martinović added that the headquarters of this organization is located in a “villa in Dedinje” (traditional elite part of Belgrade), and he called on citizens and MPs to inquire where that location is. The reason for the series of attacks was the work of CRTA on the implementation of the new Code of Conduct for MPs, which was adopted with significant delay on December 24, 2020, as one of the recommendations of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe. In the previous period, CRTA filed 5 complaints against MPs for violating the Code, for hate speech and for inciting violence in the parliamentary forum. The Administrative Committee of the National Assembly rejected all of the complaints on March 23, 2021.
Date March 17, 2021
Type of attack Defamation via electronic media or social networks
Type of attacker Public official
Threatened right Freedom of expression and freedom of association

ATTACKS AND PRESSURE IN MARCH

Attack of MP Vladimir Orlić on CRTA
Date March 11, 2021
Type of attack Defamation via electronic media or social networks
Type of attacker Public official
Threatened right Freedom of expression and freedom of association
Arrest of ORSP activist, Aleksandar Jovanović Ćuta
Date March 11, 2021
Type of attack Deprivation of liberty under the supervision of state authorities
Type of attacker Police
Threatened right Sloboda izražavanja, Freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of
assembly
MP Marko Atlagić’s attack on a CRTA member
Date March 3, 2021
Type of attack Defamation via electronic media or social networks
Type of attacker Public official
Threatened right Freedom of expression and freedom of association
More on the map…

REACTIONS

March 11, 2021. The arrest of Aleksandar Jovanović Ćuta is a suppression of civic activism
The platform “Three Freedoms”
March 13, 2021. Prosecutor’s Office should interrogate Aleksandar Martinović and Vladimir Orlić
Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA)
March 15, 2021. Open Call for Violence Against Non-Governmental Organizations Demands Sanctions and Removal of Aleksandar Martinović from the Position of the Chairman of the Assembly Committee
National convention for the European Union
March 18, 2021. Cooperation with institutions that call for violence is not possible
Belgrade Centre for Security Policy
March 18, 2021. Members of Serbia’s Ruling Party to Stop Threatening CSOs
Civil Rights Defenders
March 18, 2021. Communiqué – Etat de droit / journalisme et société civile (18 mars 2021)
Ambassade de France en Serbie
March 19, 2021. Statement from the President of the External Relations Section and the co-chairs of the EU‑Serbia Joint Consultative Committee (JCC)
EU‑Serbia Joint Consultative Committee (JCC)

WORD OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Why is civil society important? 

Speakers: Françoise Jacob – United Nations Resident Coordinator in Serbia, Milena Vasić – attorney at law with the Lawyers’ Committee For Human Rights – YUCOM, Igor Bandović – Director of the Belgrade Center for Security Policy

 

MOST AFFECTED HUMAN RIGHTS IN 2020

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CONTACT

You can report attacks and pressures against your organization and yourself to the attached contact with a brief description of the event, date, place and identity of the attacker (if known). We would ask you to submit a contact phone number with the application, at which you can be reached for additional questions.

You can report an attack at e-mail:office@yucom.org.rs

 

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