Rights and fundamental freedoms are meaningless unless you are aware of them. To that end, the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights has established a Document Series, library with Serbian translations of relevant international agreements on human rights protection. This library, among other, includes translations of judgments of international bodies and courts, since international judicial practice is incredibly important for the harmonization of national legislation with universal and European human rights standards for and implementation of international standards in the national judicial system. In this Library following publications are published:
This collection of nine European Court of Human Rights’ judgments is related to respect of the rights guaranteed by article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights in situations where a person is deprived of their liberty. Each judgment considers national legislation and its compatibility with European standards for the protection of liberty and security of person. Selected judgments are dealing with: position of persons deprived of their liberty in prison; urgency of decision-making; reasons given to justify initial detention and its extension; duration of the procedure; legality of the deprivation of liberty in order to prevent the spread of contagious diseases; deprivation of liberty of mentally ill persons.
Raija Hanski and Martin Scheinin (eds), Leading Cases of the Human Rights Committee, 2007
The publication comprises cases considered by the Human Rights Committee through which the application of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights can be observed via the failing of individual complaints in accordance with the Optional Protocol to the Covenant. The authors present the leading cases that clarify interpretation of the Pact’s provisions. The publication contains texts of the Covenant, two Optional Protocols, and extracts from the Human Rights Committee’s Rules of Procedure. Selected cases consider issues regarding the right to life; prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment; liberty and security of person; right to a fair trial; freedom of movement, privacy and family; freedom of religion and conscience; freedom of expression, assembly and association; prohibition of discrimination; rights of minorities; right to take part in public affairs and the right to self-determination. The publication is available in Serbian, Russian, Albanian and Turkish.
This publication contains the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, its optional protocol, the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, as well as Recommendation (99) on principles concerning the legal protection of incapable adults of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
Eight judgments of the Court relating to minors were selected for this publication. The European Convention on Human Rights does not contain provisions related exclusively to minors, but it does contain several provisions which regulate rights guaranteed to minors (articles 5, 6 and 8). This publication contributes to improvement of international standards understanding, as well as securing the best possible protection of minors in criminal proceedings – whether they are involved in these as victims or as the accused, while they serve their sentence, or while they are subject to temporary measures of guardianship and surveillance. Since as of 2006, the Republic of Serbia is applying a new Juvenile Justice Act, relevant judgment selection will contribute to development of good practices.
Selected decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on the Prohibition of Discrimination are in particular focusing on the challenge that Court is confronted with, application of Protocol 12 to the Convention which provides a general prohibition of discrimination, since the prohibition of discrimination in Protocol 12 is not limited to enjoying others rights provided by the Convention. The aim of this publication is to present standards on the prohibition of discrimination to the expert as well as general public, but especially to minorities, marginalized religious communities, sexual minorities and women.
The publication is presenting important universal documents in Serbian and English: the Universal Declaration on Human Rights; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, its optional protocol and its second optional protocol aiming at the abolition of the death penalty; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide; International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and its optional protocol; Convention on the Rights of the Child; Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The publication is presenting important documents in Serbian and English: the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms; the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities; the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the (revised) European Social Charter.
The collection was apprehended as a supplement to the textbook ‘Elements of Public International Law’ published by the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, hence it follows a similar order to it. The official translations of documents are published, with annotations where no official translation exists or it is unclear. Collection comprises: constitutional acts; sources – public international agreements; subjects of international law; diplomatic and consular law, privileges and immunities; minorities and international law; human rights; asylum, statelessness and refugees, peaceful resolution of international disputes; use of force in international relations; state responsibility for the breach of international law.
The publication represents the continuation of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights’ work on publishing judgements of international bodies for the protection of human rights. In this view, the collection is especially significant as it represents an attempt to acquaint the local expert public with the practical application of European standards regarding the protection of human rights. The first section of the book analyses the organisation of the Court and proceedings before the Court. The second section is comprised of thirteen ECHR judgements selected either for their importance in setting standards in the protection of human rights or on account of issues that are especially relevant to societies in transition as the FR Yugoslavia. The last section of the books contains the Conventions and its protocols, Rules of the Court and the form for applying to the Court.
Universal documents on Human Rights (in Serbian and English) 2000
The publication contains important universal documents on human rights in Serbian and English. These are: Universal Declaration on Human Rights; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide; International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; Convention on the Rights of the Child; Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
Council of Europe Instruments – Human Rights (in Serbian and English), 2000.
This bilingual publication of the Council of Europe’s documents was published out of the need to collect all the CoE most important documents on the protection of human rights. Besides the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, it includes the revised European Social Charter, European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment as well as documents relevant to the protection of minority rights: the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
Basic documents on Human Rights, 1998
This publication encompasses Universal Declaration on Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
This publication was one of the first books that tried to overcome general approach to studying human rights and law in general, which was based primarily on the analysis and commentaries of national legal acts. For that reason Belgrade Centre for Human Rights initiated the publication of texts on the human rights practice of international bodies: Human Rights Committee, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the Committee Against Torture. Decisions of the European Court and European Commission of Human Rights were omitted as at the time of publishing (1997) Yugoslavia was not a member of the Council of Europe.
Collections of International Documents on Human Rights I – III (I Basic Instruments, II Criminal Procedure and Treatment of Offenders, III European Instruments) 1996
Taken together, these three publications reproduce the most important international documents on human rights. The first collection contains basic documents adopted at a universal level: Universal Declaration on Human Rights; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and other conventions. The second collection contains international instruments relating to criminal procedure and treatment of offenders, while the third contains the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, along with Protocols 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 to the Convention.