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HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE AND FACT FINDING:
EXPERIENCE OF THE UN INQUIRY ON NORTH KOREA

Michael Kirby

In 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council
(HRC) established a
Commission of Inquiry (COI)
to investigate and report on human rights abuses in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

(North Korea). The inquiry followed many years of
disturbing reports out of North Korea. Although a Member State of the United Nations since 1993, DPRK had not cooperated with the United Nations human rights
machinery. It had not permitted successive special
rapporteurs, appointed by the HRC, to visit. It had not invited the High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCHR) to visit. Effectively, it had closed its borders, only allowing a trickle of tourists who were kept under close watch and restricted in their movements. It was...   MS Word (47kb) >>>

 

OSCE MISSION TO SERBIA
COMMENDS
CONTRIBUTION OF CIVIL
SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS
TO DEMOCRATIC
PROCESSES

Belgrade, 4 March 2016

The Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia,
Ambassador Peter
Burkhard and the Deputy Head of Mission, Michael Uyehara visited the House
of Human Rights (HHR) in Belgrade...   More >>>

 

MINISTERIAL COUNCIL IN
BELGRADE: TALKING
NEVERTHELESS

Organization for Security
and Co-operation in
Europe

Only one decision was taken at the Ministerial Council in Belgrade on 3 and 4 December 2015 – to meet again in Hamburg the next year. Documents that would have...   More >>>

 

The expert workshop
“Regional Reconciliation:
Achievements and
Problems”

POLITICAL ELITES
ILLEGITIMATE TO
SPEARHEAD
RECONCILIATION

February 5, 2016

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia held the expert workshop entitled “Regional Reconciliation...   More >>>

 

Regional conference of the
civil society organizations

FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY
IN THE WESTERN
BALKANS IS LIMITED

Belgrade, January 25, 2016

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
and the Lawyers’
Committee for Human
Rights held the regional conference entitled “Freedom of Assembly in
the Western Balkans“ on January 25...   More >>>

 

OSCE PARALLEL CIVIL
SOCIETY CONFERENCE

Belgrade, 1-2 December 2015

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The Civic Solidarity Platform and the Helsinki
Committee for Human
Rights in Serbia organized OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference. Each year
since 2010, the conference is organized on the eve of
the OSCE Ministerial
Council. It is...   More >>>

 

SECRETARY KERRY
MEETS IN SOLIDARITY
WITH CIVIL SOCIETY AT
OSCE MINISTERIAL IN
BELGRADE, SERBIA

Belgrade, December 3, 2015

Secretary of State John
Kerry met with a group of civil society activists from Europe and Central Asia who had gathered in
Belgrade during the Ministerial Meeting of the
57-nation...   More >>>

 

CIVIL SOCIETY THEMATIC
WORKSHOP ON NATIONAL
MINORITIES

Belgrade, November 30, 2015

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The Civic Solidarity
Platform, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights...   More >>>

 

HUMAN RIGHTS
DEFENDERS IN THE
COUNTRIES OF THE
WESTERN BALKANS

Belgrade, November 16, 2015

Human Rights Defenders
in Serbia are not
adequately protected and hereof are often targets of attacks, was the major conclusion of...   More >>>

 

Human Rights Watch

WORLD REPORT 2015:
SERBIA

November, 2015

There was limited progress
in human rights protection
in Serbia in 2014. War
crimes prosecutions are
slow and lack political
support. The Roma...
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Project Presentation to Parliamentary Committees

“COMMUNITY-BASED
LIVING: FUNDAMENTAL
HUMAN RIGHT”

October 29, 2015

On October 29, 2015 in
cooperation with the
Ministry of...   More >>>

 

HUMAN RIGHTS
LAWYERS AT RISK

Making the Case for
Protection of Legal
Professionals in
Azerbaijan, Belarus,
Moldova, Russia, and
Ukraine

September 10, 2015

Human rights lawyers are both lawyers and human rights defenders...
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ALARMING NEGLECT:
THE ELDERLY OUT IN
THE COLD

April 2015

No doubt that the mass salmonella poisoning outbreak in the privately-run nursing home “Dvoje” in Vranići nearby Čačak was among most serious “incidents” that ever happened in a social care home catering
beneficiaries...   More >>>

 

RUSSIA’S JUSTICE
MINISTRY TARGETS
MEMORIAL, A HUMAN
RIGHTS DEFENDER

By Michael Birnbaum

Moscow, October 13 , 2014,
The Washington Post

The Russian Justice
Ministry has moved to dissolve one of Russia’s oldest human-rights
organizations...   More >>>

 

CASTRATION?

Anti-torture monitors have again urged Germany to
end the surgical castration
of sex offenders. The
recommendation is
contained in a 24 July
report on the country published by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading...
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Amnesty International
Public Statement

SERBIA: BRUTAL ATTACK
AGAINST LGBTI ACTIVIST
HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED
TO TACKLE PREJUDICE
AND SECURE SAFE
BELGRADE PRIDE

13 September 2014

A participant of the International Conference “The future belongs to us: LGBT rights on the road...
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GUIDELINES ON THE
PROTECTION OF HUMAN
RIGHTS DEFENDERS

June, 2014

Press Release,
10 June (54kb) >>>

Chairmanship
Conclusions (38kb) >>>

Twenty years ago, OSCE heads of state and
government adopted the
1994 Budapest Document “Towards a Genuine
Partnership in a New Era,” in which they reaffirmed...
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Press Conferences

DEPUTY SECRETARY-
GENERAL’S PRESS
CONFERENCE ON
RIGHTS UP FRONT
ACTION PLAN

New York, 19 December 2013

DSG: There is a connection between the two subjects today and I will mainly brief you on the Rights Up Front initiative, but perhaps should pick up where Farhan ended and, of...
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Deputy Secretary-General:
Statements

DEPUTY SECRETARY-
GENERAL'S REMARKS AT
BRIEFING OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON
RIGHTS UP FRONT
(AS PREPARED FOR
DELIVERY)

New York, 17 December 2013

Almost 20 years ago, in 1994 and 1995, the UN System failed to prevent genocide in Rwanda and...
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STATE DEPARTMENT
REPORT ON TRAFFICKING
IN SERBIA 2011

Serbia is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Foreign victims found in Serbia originate primarily from neighboring countries and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Children, inclu...
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STATE DEPARTMENT
REPORT ON SERBIA 2010

The Republic of Serbia is a multiparty parliamentary democracy with approximately 7.5 million inhabitants. Boris Tadic
was reelected president in February 2008. In May 2008 voters elected a new parliament in which some minority ethnic parties won seats. Observers...
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Consideration of reports
submitted by States
parties under article
40 of the Covenant

CONCLUDING
OBSERVATIONS OF
THE HUMAN RIGHTS
COMMITTEE

New York,
14 March - 1April 2011

1. The Committee considered the second periodic report submitted by the Republic of Serbia (CCPR/C/SRB/2) at its 2780th and 2781st
meetings (CCPR/C/
SR.2780 and CCPR/C/
SR.2781), held on 17 and 18 March 2011. At its 2796 meeting, held on 29...
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Consideration of reports
submitted by States
parties under article
9 of the convention

CONCLUDING
OBSERVATIONS OF THE
COMMITTEE ON THE
ELIMINATION OF RACIAL
DISCRIMINATION

14 February - 11 March 2011

1. The Committee considered the initial periodic report of the Republic of Serbia (CERD/C/SRB/1) at its 2067th and 2068th meetings (CERD/C/
SR.2067 and CERD/C/
SR.2068), held on 24 and 25 February 2011. At its 2086th meeting (CERD...
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PEOPLE ON THE MARGINS (part 4)

Social care institutions catering for children and adults with mental disabilities and persons with mental disorders

Belgrade, September 2009

The third report stemming from the project "Social Care Institutions in Serbia: Support to a Reform-Oriented Strategy" - the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights has...
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PEOPLE ON THE MARGINS (part 3)

Social care institutions catering for children and youth without parental care, and for children and youth with social
behavior disorders

Belgrade, September 2009

The report on the situation of social care institutions catering for children and youth without parental care and those with social behavior disorders...
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PEOPLE ON THE MARGINS

Human Rights in Social Care Institutions in Serbia

Part I

Belgrade, April 2009.

The report on the situation in social care institutions...
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PRISONS IN SERBIA

April 2004 - April 2005

06/30/2005 , HCHRS

This publication is the output of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia's activity over the second year of the implementation of the project "Prevention of Torture: Support to the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture" that is realized thanks to the assistance of the European
Commission - European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights. Apart from the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
in Serbia, this three-year project includes Bulgarian...   Acrobat PDF (657kb) >>>

 

PRISONS IN SERBIA

April 2003 - April 2004

05/10/2004

The current legislation does not provide that non-governmental organizations may visit institutions accommodating persons deprived of their liberty. Among other things, this is to be ascribed to non-existent law on non-governmental organizations. Given that it was not possible to formalize the necessary relationship with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia, the Helsinki Committee established informal
ties with the Central Prison Administration, the authorized...   Acrobat PDF (780kb) >>>

 

Press Release

REGIONAL WOMEN'S LOBBY FOR PEACE, SECURITY AND JUSTICE IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

March 3, 2010

Tirana, Albania - The Regional Women's Lobby for Peace, Security and Justice in Southeast
Europe held a strategic meeting of its Steering Committee in Tirana from March 1 - 3 2010. The meeting was used to...
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SERBIA: BRIEFING TO THE
HUMAN RIGHTS
COMMITTEE

Amnesty International Publications

Introduction
Amnesty International submits this summary of concerns for the consideration of the Human Rights Committee (HRC) in advance of its examination of Serbia's second
perdiodic report on implementation of the...
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EUROPEAN COMMISSION
FOR DEMOCRACY
THROUGH LAW
(VENICE COMMISSION)

OPINION ON THE CONSTITUTION OF
SERBIA

Venice, 17-18 March 2007

The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe decided on 16 October 2006 to ask the Venice Commission to give an Opinion on the new Constitution of the Republic of Serbia. Messrs Grabenwarter (Austria), Jowell (United Kingdom)...
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HUMAN RIGHTS ARE THE HIGHEST FORM OF REALISM

By John McCain,
Financial Times

November 8 2009.

Two decades ago on Monday, the world watched in awe as Germans poured by the millions into the streets of Berlin, both east and west. They tore down one of history's great monuments of human enslavement, and in so doing, the German people not only reunited with their fellow brothers and...
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Roma Virtual Network - romale@zahav.net.il

WHAT IS THE EU PLATFORM FOR ROMA INCLUSION?

Source: European
Commission

28th September 2009

The Platform is an open
and flexible mechanism of governance organised by the Commission and the
EU Presidency at the request of the Council in which key actors - EU institutions, national governments, international organisations, NGOs...
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The Helsinki Committee Communicates the News Reported by B92 News Service for December 22, 2005:

"KOSTUNICA
CONTRIBUTED AN
ARTICLE TO OBRAZ"

12/23/2005 , HCHRS

Novi Sad - In 1996, incumbent Serbian Premier Vojislav Kostunica contributed an article to the "Obraz" magazine originating the "Obraz Fatherland Movement." This is what the professor at...

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HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY VIOLATION

Early Warning

Newsletter No. 43

08 September 2009

Does the new Infomation Law abolish media
freedom in Serbia?

At its Aug. 31, 2009 session, the People's Assembly of the Republic of Serbia passed the
amended Law on public Information (hereinafter: LoPI) whose provisions provoked much turmoil in...
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REASONS FOR THE CURRENT UPSURGE IN MEMORY

Pierre Nora

Over the last quarter century, every country,
every social, ethnic or
family group, has undergone a profound change in the relationship it traditionally enjoyed with
the past. Pierre Nora looks at where this
"memorialism" came
from and why. We are
witnessing a world-wide
upsurge in memory. Over...
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THE FETTERS OF VICTORY

Lev Gudkov

How the war provides Russia with its identity
Victory in the "Great
Patriotic War" is the most potent symbol of identification in present-day Russia, and the sole prop for national self-belief. Victory legitimated Soviet totalitarianism; now, the more the memory of Stalinist repression fades, the more public opinion turns in the dictator's favour. The commemora...
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Eurozine Editorial

EUROPEAN HISTORIES: TOWARDS A GRAND NARRATIVE?

Introduction
The western political representatives who met Putin in Moscow on 9 May to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the end of World War II were confronted by a version of history very different from their own. The event highlighted the way in
which the comfortable historical consensus...
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STATE VISITS

Internationalized commemoration of WWII
in Russia and Germany

Andreas Langenohl

Commemoration ceremonies in 2004 and 2005 have shown that the internationalization of remembrance of World War II is well underway. However, it takes place within a framework of national memorial cultures. The Russian and the German reactions to the sixtieth anniversary of...
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HOLOCAUST: THE
IGNORED REALITY

Timothy Snyder

If we concentrate on Auschwitz and the Gulag - generally taken to be adequate or even final symbols of the evil of mass slaughter - we fail to notice that over a period of twelve years, between 1933 and 1944, some 12 million victims of Nazi and Soviet mass killing policies perished in a particular region of Europe, one defined more or less by...
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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
- PRESS RELEASE

SERBIA: HUMAN
RIGHTS DEFENDERS
UNDER THREAT

14 September 2009

Human rights defenders
are under attack in Serbia and the authorities are failing to protect them, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today. "Physical attacks and threats to the lives and property of human rights activists are seldom promptly and impartially investigated...    More >>>

 

UN COMMITTEE FINDS SERBIA VIOLATED TORTURE CONVENTION

Geneva, 24 July 2009

The UN Committee Against Torture (the Committee)
has considered the case of violence and racial abuse against a Romani man and as of 8 May 2009 issued a decision finding Serbia to have been in violation of a number of provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). Besim Osmani was...   More >>>

 

ANTI-SEMITISM IS
NOTHING NEW IN SERBIA

Belgrade, December 20, 2009

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia strongly condemns all manifestations of
anti-Semitism and
demands governmental authorities to act by the law prohibiting spread of racial, national and religious hatred. Governmental authorities are also
duty-bound to have courses on Holocaust...   More >>>

 

RECENTS NEWS
ON THE FRAMEWORK
CONVENTION FOR
THE PROTECTION OF
NATIONAL MINORITIES

Serbia: early publication
of the 2nd cycle opinion

25. June 2009

The Opinion of the Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) on Serbia has been made public by the...   More >>>

 

REPORT OF THE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS, HINA JILANI, ON HER MISSION TO SERBIA, INCLUDING KOSOVO

29 February 2008

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human...
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FREEDOM
OF EXPRESSION
UNDER THREAT

Belgrade,
5 September 2006

09/05/2006 , HCHRS

Government of Serbia missed an opportunity to be a constructive negotiating partner of the international community in Vienna negotiations related to Kosovo status. In parallel
its unwillingness to hand over Ratko Mladic to the
Hague...   More >>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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