Social & Economic rights

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Serbia Fails to Comply with the Human Rights Committee Recommendations for the Improvement of the Situation of Roma

The UN Human Rights Committee has assessed that Serbia did not respond adequately to the recommendations issued as part of its Concluding Observations on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Serbia, thus failing to comply with the Committee’s recommendations.  

These are recommendations related to resolving issues that the Committee stressed as particularly important and that need to be solved urgently, including certain problems faced by the Roma population in Serbia. The Committee has recommended, among other things, that Serbia should facilitate and allow the registration of children whose parents do not have personal documents, as well as allow the internally displaced Roma living in informal settlements to register their permanent residence.

As Serbia has not complied with the recommendations, the Committee has decided to include these problems in the list of issues for the start of the next cycle of reporting on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Serbia. 

Praxis had previously pointed out to the Committee the problems faced by members of the Roma population in registering in birth registry books, acquiring citizenship and registering permanent residence, as well as in accessing the rights to education, social protection, health care and public services.

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