SERBIA

 

In the context of the UPR, Amnesty International makes the following recommendations to Serbia:

Impunity for war crimes:
•    To ensure that all persons, including senior police, military personnel, and political officials, reasonably suspected of having committed or being complicit to crimes under international law, are brought to justice in domestic courts in proceedings that meet international standards, and that the victims are guaranteed access to reparations, including compensation.

 

Forced evictions and the right to adequate housing:
•    To end the practice of forced evictions;
•    To amend existing legislation and introduce new legislation to prohibit forced evictions, and to set out safeguards that must be complied with prior to any eviction, consistent with the UN Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-Based Evictions and Resettlement and other international human rights standards;
•    To increase funding and resources to municipal authorities for the implementation of measures to enable the legalization or regularization of informal settlements and the upgrade of water, electricity, roads and other services wherever possible;
•    To identify options for the resettlement of people living in informal settlements which cannot be regularized, and to ensure that any relocation complies with international standards, including the UN Basic Principles and Guidelines on Development-based Evictions and Displacement, and that the alternative housing provided is adequate and does not result in the creation of racially segregated settlements;
•    To guarantee access to all forms of housing, including low cost or social housing, without discrimination, to Roma living in informal settlements and in recently created segregated container settlements in Belgrade; 
•    To ensure the right to an effective remedy to all persons who have been forcibly evicted, subjected to discrimination or other violations of their rights, including to adequate housing.

 

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Serbia: Amnesty International's submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review