Conference on the occasion of International Human Rights Day
Conference „Establishing a National Mechanism for Monitoring Implementation of UN Commission on Human Rights” was organized by the Office for Human and Minority Rights of the Republic of Serbia in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations for Human Rights and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the “Amphitheater” Conference Hall of the National Bank of Serbia on Tuesday, December 10 2013. The occasion of the conference was marking the International Human Rights Day, and presenting of the mentioned Mechanism.
The Conference was organized with the support of representatives of public institutions, embassies, civil society organizations and others.
Dr Suzana Paunovic, Head of the Office for Human Rights opened the conference, and congratulated to everyone the Human Rights Day with a wish that human rights be discussed more often and the awareness on respecting human rights reaches the highest possible level.
Other speakers on the Conference were:
• Ms. Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, who addressed the auditorium via a video presentation,
• Ms. Gordana Stamenic, State secretary in the Ministry of Justice
• Ms. Irena Vojackova Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator Serbia, & UNDP Resident Representative
• His Excellence, Mr. Michael Davenport, Chief of the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia
Main subject for the Conference were human rights in Serbia, improvements in respecting human rights, harmonization of laws and bylaws, and successful implementation of recommendations of the UN Human Rights Committee.
In early 2013, Serbia entered the second cycle of the Universal periodic review. One of the UN Human Rights Committee recommendations which Serbia adopted pertained to establishing mechanisms for monitoring implementation of other recommendations, in order to follow the implementation and effect of the policies and measures adopted with the goal of promoting rights equality and non-discrimination of all citizens. In order to achieve that the Office for Human and Minority Rights, along with relevant ministries, and with support of UN in Serbia, defined a model for monitoring presented on this Conference, which will then be sent to the Government of Serbia for adoption.
Adopting this mechanism is of paramount importance for further future of Serbia, and for opening further dialogues for entering European Union. As the dialogues are expected to be opened on chapter 23, relating to the legal system and human rights, Serbia need a mechanism which will contribute to complete implementation of laws and policies in this area, and to realize institutional capacities at our disposal, and in the context of human rights.
In her closing words for the conference, Dr. Paunovic invited representatives of relevant institutions and civil society organizations to review the mechanism and send any comments they may have to the Office for Human Rights.
You can download the mechanism here.