27.5.2015. Irina Rizmal, CEAS researcher, attended the VI session of the Commission for Public Private Partnerships in the security sector

Belgrade, 27.5.2015.

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Irina Rizmal, CEAS researcher, attended the VI session of the Commission for Public Private Partnerships in the security sector, of which the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies is a member.


The Commission for Public Private Partnerships in the security sector discussed the problems in the implementation of training of private security officers, and the possibility of accelerating the process of licensing and distance learning, then simplify the procedure of taking the final exam through tests, as well as the dynamics of the adoption of bylaws and their contents. When it comes to training and centers that provide training, it was pointed out that in this process the most important things are quality of training and the end result, which are the professionalization of the industry.

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Representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia Nataša Ignjatović pointed out that the remaining bylaws are prepared - Regulation on compulsory secured facilities and the Regulation for the protection of financial institutions, and currently regulations on the training of detectives. Regulations on the official identity card and Regulations of adequate space for performing activities are in the process of harmonization. It is expected that these regulations come into force as soon as possible, said Ignjatović.
Milan Gligorijević, head of the Liaison and cryptographic of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Republic of Serbia briefly informed the Commission about the possibility of forming Service 112, through the adoption of technical regulations for connecting control centers of private security with existing TETRA system (the international standard for communication of public services) which is the operator of the Ministry of Interior RS.
Bojan Stamenković from the Office of the National Security and Classified Information Protection said that the certification system for access of data marked prescribed degree of secrecy in organizations with which to conclude agreements on security further tighten the criteria for selection of private security officers, especially when it comes to protection of critical infrastructure. This will include detailed security checks, as well as additional requirements in procurement of security services, said Stamenković.
The Commission discussed the possibility of changing the previously agreed upon solutions adopted in bylaws, and the level of administrative fees for licenses of legal entities.
The session also adopted the information on the acceptance of a Decision establishing the Expert Council, which will make it possible to quickly adapt the process of law enforcement, particularly in terms of training.
The Commission concluded that the priority is to be in cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Interior to propose solutions of the most effective way to regulate business in this field.

26.5.2015. CEAS Roundtable: System of security vetting in Serbia - imbalance with the Constitution?

CEAS, 26.5.2015.

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The Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies in Belgrade (CEAS) organized the round table: System of security vetting in Serbia- imbalance with the Constitution? Monday, 25 May.  The roundtable is the first in a series that will be organized by the CEAS project through adoption of the Law on security vetting- Towards greater compliance with the Constitution. The realization of this project is supported by the OSCE Mission in Serbia.

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19.5.2015. Report from the CEAS round table: Law on classified Information– how to proceed?

CEAS, 19.5.2015.

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The Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies in Belgrade (CEAS) organized the round table: Law on classified Information– how to proceed?, which was held on Friday, May 15 at the Aero Club in Belgrade. The round table was organized within the CEAS project Promotion of comprehensive reform of the security system that is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington (USA).

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11.5.2015. CEAS researcher presented a policy paper on the closing conference of LGBT way towards institutions - bridging the gap

Belgrade,11.5.2015.

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Final conference on "LGBT way towards institutions- bridging the gap", was held on 11.05.2015. In the National Assembly, in cooperation with the Committee for Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality, the organization Labris and the Forum for Ethnic Relations. Tijana Vojinovic, CEAS researcher, presented at the occasion the list of priorities of Policy: security, prevention of violence and the struggle against violence in relation to LGBT people in Serbia.


Opening the conference, Meho Omerović, Chairman of the Committee for Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality has expressed satisfaction that the Committee, which he chairs participated in the activities which presented proposals of public policies in various fields, in which members of the LGBT community are faced with problems, and sometimes unfortunately human rights abuses. What is particularly significant is that the proposed documents contain recommendations that have a basis in international standards and serve the state authorities in the development of activities within their jurisdiction, said Meho Omerović.

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He also emphasized that cooperation with organizations dealing with the protection of the rights of LGBT people and state institutions is essential, bearing in mind that the LGBT population is one of the most discriminated groups, and is often subjected to threats, hate speech and violence.
Meho Omerović said that some of the objectives that have to be achieved in order to improve the position of LGBT people are relatied to the establishment of a safer environment, improvement of legislation, especially the Law on Prevention of Discrimination and progress in the field of health care for LGBT people.
Following the introductory part of the conference speakers were Irena Vojačkova Soljorano, permanent coordinator of the United Nations in the Republic of Serbia, Nenad Đurdjević, from the Forum for Ethnic Relations, Tim Cartwright, Head of the Council of Europe in Belgrade, Luca Bianconi, Head political department of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and Tracy Gallagher ,Deputy chief of Mission of the British Embassy in Belgrade.
The basic fundamental human right is the right to freedom of expression and freedom of movement. In the struggle between human rights and traditional values, human rights must prevail, said Irena Vojačkova Soljorano. She stated that the United Nations support transexual and bisexual people stating that they have absolutely the same rights as everyone else. Recommendation of the United Nations is to eliminate stereotypes, prejudice and that the public is better informed when it comes to the rights of LGBT people.
It was pointed out that discrimination is most present in the areas of employment, that of all LGBT people,the most vulnerable are transgender individuals. It was also mentioned that textbooks for secondary schools include texts that contribute to the spread of discrimination, and therefore it is necessary to turn to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, in order to change the content of the text. There was a word about the lack of application of existing laws, especially the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination.
There was a talk about the support of policy development in the field of protection of the rights of LGBT citizens of efficient protection of mental health through the presentation of the Manual on LGBT psychotherapy.

27.3.2015. Researcher of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies presented CEAS public policy in the field of protecting the rights and improving the quality of life for LGBT people

Belgrade, 27.3.2015.

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The research team at the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies within the project "LGBT path to institutions - bridging the gap", whose holders are the Forum for Ethnic Relations and LABRIS developed a policy paper on the topic of security, prevention of violence and the struggle against violence in relation to LGBT individuals in the Republic of Serbia which was launched 27/03/2015. in the National Assembly.


Committee for Human and Minority Rights, the organization Labris and the Forum for Ethnic Relations presented in the National Assembly, public policies in the field of protection of rights and improvement of the quality of life for LGBT citizens.

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Chairman of the Committee for Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality Meho Omerovic in his opening speech said that public policies that were developed by non-governmental organizations, are the signs that you need to move the representatives of government and other institutions involved in the protection of LGBT people. Public policies provide a general overview of the situation in various areas where there is a violation of human rights of LGBT people, said Omerovic.He also said that they provide an overview of the international standards and obligations that the Republic of Serbia took by signing international treaties and conventions, pointing out the significance of those recommendations is the fact that they are improving the situation in this area.
The Government of the Republic of Serbia will hold constitutive session of the Council for the monitoring mechanism of the recommendations of the UN for Human Rights, on this occasion the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council will be considered in the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review and recommendations agreed upon UN bodies, said Omerović. A significant part of these recommendations is precisely aimed at the LGBT people in Serbia. He pointed out at the good cooperation of civil, NGOs and government institutions when it comes to improving the position of LGBT population.
Mladen Antonijević, representative of the Forum for Ethnic Relations, presented the project "LGBT path to institutions - bridging the gap" pointing out that the project aims to establish sustainable and permanent cooperation between LGBT organizations and institutions relevant to the protection of human rights, in order to improve the quality of life for LGBT people.
Dragana Todorović, Labris representative pointed out that the priorities for the formation of public policy proposals are access to justice and the rule of law, security, prevention of violence and the struggle against violence and discrimination.
The above proposed policy were presented by John Stopić from the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Danilo Ćurčić from the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Tijana Vojinović from the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies and Jelena Vidović Gayten LGBT representative.
In the discussion that followed there was talk about the shortcomings of the legal framework and problems in the implementation of international standards in terms of protecting the rights of LGBT people. The burning issue is still safety, security and violence against LGBT people as well as the issue that same-sex partners do not have the right to non-marital cohabitation. Transsexual and transgender people face problems in exercising basic human rights, particularly when it comes to the issue of documents with a new name and the change of gender label.
The participants were also addressed by representatives of the Office for Human and Minority Rights and the Commissioner for Equality.