Review of Serbia
Monday, 08 December 2008 08:58


On the afternoon of 5 December, the Working Group on the universal periodic review examined the situation regarding human rights in Serbia. The delegation was led by the Minister for Human and Minority Rights, Mr Svetozar Ciplic. Questions and recommendations focused on the following:


  • Discrimination: Many States voiced concern about discrimination against the Roma minority, in particular with regard to acquiring documentation and access to health care, education and employment. Many States referred to the lack of a general anti-discrimination law in Serbia and urged the State to take measures to eliminate discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation. Serbia stated it has already adopted a gender equality law and intent to pass a general anti-discrimination act in 2009. Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation will be prohibited under the upcoming general anti-discrimination law
  • Freedom of expression: Several States were concerned about the situation of human rights defenders and journalists, who reportedly are subject to violence and harassment. States recommended that Serbia adopt a national plan to protect human rights defenders. Serbia assured that attacks on human rights defenders or journalists are denounce
  • Integration of minorities/refugees/returnees: Several States touched on the problem for returnees and refugees retting official registration and fully reintegrating in society
  • Impunity: Many States urged Serbia to fight corruption and impunity by taking all measures to investigate and prosecute all human rights violations and to fully cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  • Many States commended Serbia for its work on reviewing human rights legislation and on the establishment of an ombudsman institution and a ministry for human and minority rights.

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