Presentation of reports “Human Rights in Serbia 2018” and “Right to Asylum in the Republic of Serbia 2018”

February 22, 2019

Yesterday we presented our two annual reports: “Human Rights in Serbia 2018” and “The Right to Asylum in the Republic of Serbia 2018”.

At the first part of the conference, devoted to the general annual report on the state of human rights in Serbia, were presented the most important conclusions in four areas: respect of economic and social rights, respect of the right to privacy, the position of the media in Serbia, and the work of independent institutions.

In the second part of the conference, the seventh annual report on the situation in the field of asylum in Serbia was presented. Sonja Tošković, director of the Belgrade Center for Human Rights, pointed out that the most important novelty in the field of migration in 2018 is certainly the adoption and the beginning of the implementation of new laws – the Law on Asylum and Temporary Protection, the Law on Foreigners and the Law on Border Control.

Both reports are available in English language at our website: http://www.bgcentar.org.rs/bgcentar/eng-lat/reports/

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DOCUMENTING ABUSE AND COLLECTIVE EXPULSIONS OF REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS

January 22, 2019

izThe number of allegations on collective expulsions from Hungary and Croatia, often including abuse of refugees and migrants began to rise gradually since the closure of the Western Balkans Route (WBR)1, аnd in particular since summer 2016. Abuse included beatings with rubber batons and fists, slapping, kicking, dog bites, use of tear gas, use of rubber bullets, insults, humiliation and intimidation. According to the data of NGO Humanitarian Centre for Integration and Tolerance (HCIT), 212 cases of collective expulsions from Hungary and Croatia involving more than 4,000 foreigners were registered in the period 1 May 2016 – 31 March 2017.2 The international organization Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) continuously published information related to abuse preceding collective expulsions from Hungary. You can download the report here..

Announcement – Human Rights Day

December 11, 2018

Exactly seventy years ago, on 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration, adopted in response to the atrocities of World War Two, is the first document defining human rights as inviolable and as belonging to all people, regardless of who they are and where they live. Although it is not legally binding, it is the cornerstone of the history of human rights and the development of the international human rights system. (more…)