Announcement regarding the comment Deputy Assembly Speaker and MP Vjerica Radeta posted on her Twitter account

July 25, 2018

The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights most vehemently condemns the comment Deputy Assembly Speaker and MP Vjerica Radeta posted on her Twitter account in response to the passing of Hatidža Mehmedović, the Chairwoman of the Mothers of Srebrenica association. Statements inciting ethnic and religious hatred and intolerance, and denying and relativising the crime of genocide and war crimes, as well as offensive attitudes towards victims of such crimes, are part of the everyday narrative of the Serbian Radical Party, in which Radeta holds the office of Deputy President. Her comment is merely the latest, albeit the most drastic, illustration of her increasingly frequent hate speech.

The BCHR is gravely concerned by the total absence of response by all the relevant institutions and the fact that impunity for inciting ethnic and religious hatred has rendered hate speech in public discourse commonplace. We hereby also appeal to the National Assembly to take a view on this issue and send a clear and unambiguous message condemning such actions by MPs. 

The BCHR will in this case, too, apply the existing legal mechanisms of protection, in the hope that the relevant institutions will not remain silent to such gross violations of the Constitution and the law.

Press conference – Venice Commission’s Opinion on draft amendments to the Constitution

June 27, 2018

We invite you to press conference on the occasion of the Venice Commission’s Opinion on draft amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia in the part related to the judiciary. 

The conference will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 11 am, in the Human Rights and Democracy House (Kneza Milosa 4).

For any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email bgcentar@bgcentar.org.rs or phone +381 11 308 5328

 

Conference is organized by: 

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Utrecht Network Staff Training

Belgrade Centre for Human Rights was invited to participate in Utrecht Network Staff Training at Utrecht University (12-15 June). Participants were members of staff from European universities involved in refugee admission/welcome programs. The aim was to promote successful and sustainable practices and to stimulate network opportunities on this subject. Integration officer of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights Anja Stefanović presented development of the migration policy of the Republic of Serbia and challenges in establishment of the integration system. Together with the BCHR Janja Simentić, PhD candidate and assistant professor at Faculty of Political Science participated in the training.

Invitation for conference INCLUSION LIVE – TOWARD INCLUSIVE YOUTH POLICIES

June 7, 2018

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On behalf of three national alliances, the National Association of Youth Workers, the National Youth Council of Serbia and the National Association of Youth Offices, the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) has the honour to invite you to the conference “Inclusion Live – Toward Inclusive Youth Policies”, which will take place  in the Belgrade Hall of the Palace of Serbia on 19 June 2018. The conference is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia. 

The one-day conference, organised as a final event of the project “Inclusion Live”,  will rally  the relevant stakeholders implementing the 2015-2025 National Youth Strategy  (NYS) goals, who will focus on active youth participation and inclusion of vulnerable youth groups. The conference participants will have the opportunity to exchange views and formulate practical conclusions, which will contribute to the further institutional development of inclusive youth policies, in line with the basic NYS principles: Respect for human and minority rights, equality and anti-discrimination and Equal opportunities for all, and to the achievement of the NYS strategic goals regarding support to the social inclusion of youth at risk of exclusion and their  active participation.

The conference language is Serbian. Simultaneous interpretation to and from English and sign language will be provided.

Travel cost reimbursements are available for a limited number of participants not living in Belgrade. Please feel free to contact us should you need additional support to participate in the conference.

Due to limited capacity, please confirm your attendance to Mrs. Nevena Nikolić by Wednesday, 6 June 2018, by phone (064 82 46 513) or email (prijava@bgcentar.org.rs).

Open Letter to the high representatives of the states participating on the Sofia Summit

May 19, 2018

Open letter to the representatives of the European Union institutions and countries participating in the Summit in Sofia, sent by the coordinators of the National Convention on the EU and the Working Group on Chapter 23 to the participants of the Summit in Sofia can be found HERE.

Bearing in mind the importance of the Sofia Summit for the EU as a timely and high level debate within the EU countries as well as the challenges and opportunities that integrations of the Western Balkans bring to the European Union;

Following the Strategy for the Western Balkans of the European Commission that opens the doors for the countries of our surrounding, along with the time frame and clear perspective of finalizing all the EU integration processes in certain countries and speeding the processes in other countries;

We, the organizations within the National Convention on the EU and the Working Group for the Chapter 23, feel the need to send common message to the leaders of the EU countries, as well as to the leaders of the countries striving toward EU on the utmost importance of the enforcement of rule of law principles, as the ones deeply written in the fundaments of the EU, with clear separation of powers, independent and strong judiciary and prosecution capable of delivering the results in areas, such as fight against corruption and other aspects of crime, fight against discrimination, etc.

 

 

 

Towards a faster and stronger justice for citizens through a better Constitution

May 14, 2018

Venice Commissioners met with the President of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the Ministry of Justice, and representatives of professional associations and civil society organizations to discuss the proposed constitutional amendments.

Since the public is not adequately informed about the past activities of amending the Constitution, the course of the public debate and the content of the proposed amendments, as well as the consequences that these changes would have on citizens of Serbia if adopted, this conference will be used to inform the public about the content of the dialogue between representatives of professional associations and CSOs with representatives of the Venice Commission.

Video from the conference (Serbian language only):