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Legal Opinion on International and Comparative Human Rights Law Concerning the Matter of the Social Card Law Pending before the Constitutional Court of Serbia
Written Contribution to European Commission 2022 Annual Report on Serbia 

20 April 2022

A 11 Initiative’s written contribution to the European Commission 2022 Annual Report for Serbia focuses on labor rights, labor exploitation in the Linglong factory, the Law on Social Cards, the adoption of the National Housing Strategy, the right to adequate housing, denial of parental and children allowance to vulnerable Roma children and exclusion of the most vulnerable citizens from COVID-19 crisis mitigation measures.

 

Joint Submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for its 71st session and the review of the Republic of Serbia

14 January 2022

A 11 Initiative, along with nine civil society organizations and representatives of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Vojvodina, submitted a report for the 71st session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the review of the third periodic report of Serbia. The report covered issues such as the justiciability of socio-economic rights, ratification of the Optional Protocol, access to free legal aid, the case of labor exploitation in the Linglong factory, youth employment, and homelessness.

What do the Signing and Ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Bring us? 

This advocacy brief urges Serbia to ratify the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and offers an overview of the benefits that Serbian citizens would gain upon the ratification of the Optional Protocol.

Written contribution to the 2021 Annual Report for Serbia on Political Criteria and chapters 23 and 24

14 April 2021

In its written contribution for the European Commission 2021 Annual Report on Serbia, A 11 Initiative draws attention to the discriminatory provisions of the Law on Financial Support to Families with Children, the right to adequate housing, the Law on Free Legal Aid, NHRIs, access to the right to education and the State`s measures during the pandemic, with special reference to the position of Roma and position of tradeswomen.

 

Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in relation to the invitation for comments to the Draft General Comment on. 25 on Children’s rights in relation to the digital environment 

November 2020

Draft General Comment No. 25 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child pertains to children’s rights in relation to the digital environment. As a part of the call for comments on this draft, A 11 Initiative made a submission focused on guarantees relating to children’s right to privacy and protection of personal data in the digital environment.

 

Joint Submission to the GANHRI Sub-Committee on Accreditation on the occasion of re-accreditation of Serbian NHRI

15 October 2019

This joint submission to the GANHRI SCA raises several issues relevant to the re-accreditation of the Protector of Citizens, including: the procedure of appointing the new Protector of Citizens; financial independence of the institution; protection of human rights of persons deprived of liberty and criminal suspects; legislative and other initiatives of the Protector of Citizens relevant for the protection of economic and social rights; and lengthy proceeding before the Protector of Citizens.

Submission of follow-up document to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in relation to the Concluding observations on the third periodic report of Serbia

13 March 2019

A 11 Initiative made a submission to the UN Human Rights Committee regarding the that Serbia submitted to the Committee in January 2019 in relation to the Concluding Observations of the Third Periodic Review of Serbia. A 11 Initiative`s submission focuses on Roma exclusion and the Committee`s recommendation to promote non-discriminatory access to opportunities and services in all fields for Roma.

In focus: Four years of forced labour in Serbia results of the implementation of the decree on social inclusion measures for recipients of financial welfare assistance

17 October 2018

In this short briefing, A 11 Initiative summarizes the main findings from its research on the first four years of the implementation of the Decree on Social Inclusion Measures for Recipients of Financial Welfare Assistance.

Written Contribution to European Commission`s 2019 Progress Report on Serbia

5 November 2018

In its written contribution for the European Commission 2019 Annual Report, A 11 Initiative draws attention to the shortcomings of the Proposal of the Law on Free Legal Aid, Draft law on Social Protection and the Law on Financial Support to Families with Children.

Comments on the draft law on the amendments of the law on social welfare

8 August 2018

A 11 Initiative submitted written comments on the draft law on the Amendments of the Law on Social Welfare, containing detailed comments on specific solutions from the draft law, as well as principal objections to the text of the draft law, such as the introduction of measures that are contrary to the State`s obligations regarding the prohibition of forced labor.

Internally displaced persons in Serbia:
How to access the right to a dignified life?

October 2018

This advocacy brief presents the most pressing issues for local integration of internally displaced persons in Serbia, followed by recommendations for improved access to rights, focusing on four priority areas significant for the position of IDPs (participation, national policy and legal framework, relevant data and durable solutions).