What citizens can expect from the new Laws on Police, Public Gatherings and Public Order and Peaces

The coalition prEUgovor invites you to attend fourth CHATvrtak - an informal dialogue of the expert public interested in the implementation of the policies from the areas of Judiciary and Fundamental Rights (Chapter 23) and Justice, Freedom and Security (Chapter24) - which will take place at Belgrade Centre for Security Policy's premises at Djure Jaskica St, 6/5, on Thursday, 28 January 2015, starting at 16h.



The main topic of fourth CHATvrtak is the extent of protection of the civil rights by the newly adopted laws, whether specific provisions are discriminatory against certain vulnerable groups and whether the rights guaranteed by the laws are in line with the ratified international agreements. These three laws influence the civil and political liberties, human rights, as well as safety of the citizens to a great extent. The drafts of these laws have been, to one degree or the other, subject of public consultations over the previous two years. Due to their potential ability to severely restrict rights of citizens, it is important to have an informed debate on their content, provisions, as well as the procedures of their drafting, amending and adoption.

The discussion topics are as follows:

  • How was the public consultation process regarding adoption of these three laws?
  • What are the changes introduced by the new Law on Police in the context of its reform, especially in regards to the politicization of the operational police work?
  • To what extent is the right to assemble restricted by the new Law on Public Gatherings?
  • Are specific provisions discriminatory against certain vulnerable groups and are the rights guaranteed by the laws in line with the ratified international agreements?

The panelists at fourth CHATvrtak:

  • Sonja Stojanović Gajić, BCSP
  • Vanja Macanović, Autonomous Women’s Center
  • Katarina Golubović, Yucom - Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights

The working language of the event is Serbian and no translation will be provided. CHATvrtak is organized under the Chatham House rules, meaning the information disclosed may be reported but the source may not be identified. Cameras, sound or video recording are not allowed.

Due to a limited number of available seats, we kindly ask you to confirm your participation by Thursday, 28 January, by 15h latest, by sending an email to [email protected].

This activity is being implemented with the financial support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade (www.norveska.org.rs).