Praxis Watch

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Srbija voz a.d. Employees Discriminated against Refugees and Migrants

The Commissioner for Protection of Equality, acting upon a complaint lodged by Praxis, issued an opinion establishing that the employees of the company Srbija voz a.d. discriminated against the unaccompanied minors at the Belgrade Central Railway Station on several occasions during March and April 2017.

In fact, at least on two occasions the unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan were hindered or prevented from getting on the trains for Šid, despite the fact that they were in possession of regularly purchased and valid tickets. The Commissioner for Protection of Equality established that such treatment was not justified and that it was directly related to the personal characteristic of these individuals, which led to direct discrimination in the field of public services and constituted a violation of Article 6, in conjunction with Article 17 of the Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination. Therefore, the company Srbija voz a.d. Beograd was recommended to inform the employees who performed the activities of passenger transport about the Instructions on Migrant Transport Procedures, and to ensure that in performing its regular operations and activities, the company did not violate the legal regulations on the prohibition of discrimination.

Srbija voz a.d. has informed the Commissioner for Protection of Equality has it had acted upon the issued recommendation.

For for information, see here.

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