BCHR regrets the resignation of the president of the Supreme court of Serbia

March 21, 2003

The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights regrets that the President of the Supreme Court of Serbia, Mrs. Leposava Karamarkovic, resigned. Mrs. Karamarkovic has personalised independence for which every judge should strive. Because she has stood for the independence of the judiciary and has acted according to her convictions, she had been removed from the judiciary under the previous regime. She was therefore the natural choice for the highest-ranking judge in democratic Serbia. Her reputation and stature gave hope that the Serbian judiciary could grow to be the guarantor of independent, impartial and efficient protection of individuals. (more…)

Assassination of Ðinđić – a call for mobilisation of democratic forces

March 12, 2003

The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights is shocked by the assassination of the Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Ðinđić. This tragic event jeopardized the security of the country and it threatens to stop the process of democratic changes started by the Government of Serbia. (more…)

Are Roma allowed to live somewhere?

March 10, 2003

The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights is concerned by the increasingly frequent expressions of intolerance against citizens belonging to an ethnic or religious minority. The protest of some residents of Zemun polje, who have been trying to prevent the settlement of Roma in this Belgrade suburb by the city authorities that have been addressing the issue of favellas, is merely the latest example of such illegal and anti-civilisational conduct. Individuals, spearheaded by a so-called “crisis headquarters” feel entitled to assess who is welcome and who is unwelcome in their suburb.  (more…)

Reactions to draft laws

January 1, 2003

The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Anti-War Action express their grave concern with respect to specific amendments of the judicial and criminal laws currently debated by the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. (more…)

Dr Milivoj Despot Awarded the Konstantin Obradović Prize

December 4, 2002

This year’s recipient of the Konstantin Obradović Prize for contribution to the advancement of a human rights culture is Dr Milivoj Despot, a retired Military Supreme Court Judge and well-known expert on humanitarian law. The prize was established by the Belgrade Center for Human Rights to commemorate our founder and long-time deputy director Prof. Dr. Konstantin Obradović, one of the greatest Yugoslav and international experts on humanitarian law and an active campaigner for human rights causes in our country. Konstantin Obradović passed away on the 10th of March, 2000. So far the prize has been awarded to Predrag Koraksić (2000), and Svetlana Lukić and Svetlana Vuković (2001). (more…)

Need for Urgent and Efficient Investigation

November 6, 2002

The Belgrade Centre for Human Rights reminds the authorities that there is an obligation of state organs to carry out urgent and efficient investigations into all cases of persons accused of felonies committed under suspicious circumstances. In accordance with international standards and national regulations, investigators have the obligation to conduct an urgent and efficient investigation irrespective whether the accused are private persons or officials. (more…)