Monday, January 27, 2020

strucni sastanak 15 dec sThe Autonomous Women's Center organized an expert meeting that discussed the harmonization of the Criminal code of the Republic of Serbia with the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which was ratified in 2013. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Republic Public Prosecutor's Office, the Higher Public Prosecutor's Office from Belgrade and Novi Sad, the Office of the Protector of Citizens, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia - the Secretariat in Belgrade (III Departments) and the National Criminal and Technical Center, the Institute for Mother and Child, UNDP agency.

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alergicni na nepravdu sThe Autonomous Women's Center explicitly demands that the state of Serbia change the definition of the criminal offense of rape, so that every act of sexual penetration is punishable, regardless of the form and nature of the act, committed against a person who has not given his/her free consent, which will be taken into account in the context of each individual case. This is also an explicit demand of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence which was ratified by the Republic of Serbia in 2013.

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min rzbsp sThe Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs made a decision to put an end to the Open call for associations for providing an SOS helpline for women who have experienced violence, published on November 10th, 2017.

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azcOn November 10th 2017, the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs announced an open call for associations to provide an SOS helpline service for women who have experienced violence (worth 30 million dinars). One of the requirements of this call is to have a license to provide this service, although the licensing of this service is a mission impossible, and, at the date of announcing the open call, no organization in Serbia had a license, which the Ministry, as the licensing authority, would have to have known.

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min rzbsp sAlthough the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs adopted most of the AWC's remarks at the first Open call for associations to provide an SOS helpline for women who have experienced violence (October 31st, 2017.), and repeated the Open call (decision from November 10th, 2017.), unfortunately, the newly announced tender also has elements that aren’t in accordance with the Law on Social Protection.

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mrzsp sFollowing a letter sent by the Autonomous Women's Center to the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs, with a proposal to withdraw the open call titled "Public invitation for associations to provide the services of an SOS helpline for people who have experienced violence", the ministry issued a decision to withdraw the open call.

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prEUgovor sHaving read the statement of the Ministry of European Integrations and the Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, published on the former’s website, coalition prEUgovor expresses the satisfaction over the fact that prEugovor’s report on the progress of Serbia in Chapters 23 and 24 is being carefully scrutinized within the state institutions responsible for the European integrations.

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preugovor alarm oktobar 2017 sCoalition prEUgovor has published the latest independent report on Serbia's progress in implementing policies in the areas of: judiciary and fundamental rights (Chapter 23) and justice, freedom and security (Chapter 24) of the negotiation process.

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pravda sThe main finding in August was that the positive trend of implementing emergency measures of protection against domestic violence was kept steady. According to RPPO data for the period August 1-31, 2017, there were 3,832 examined cases of domestic violence, 691 cases more than in the previous month. Even without complete information, it is clear that the institutions of the system were faced with domestic violence, primarily the police and public prosecution, but also centers for social work, which fully justifies the legally prescribed coordination and specialization.

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The Autonomous Women's Center sent open letters to Nebojša Stefanović, Minister of the Interior and Zoran Đorđević, Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs, asking them to publish a report on supervision in the City Centers for Social Work and report of the internal control of police stations Novi Beograd and Rakovica.

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