ECRE Annual General Conference held in Belgrade

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) held its annual general conference in Belgrade November 6-9, 2018, alongside the Europe NGO Consultation of UNHCR. ECRE network currently numbers 101 members from all over Europe and the Conference was attended by over 200 participants. During the conference participants had a chance to analyse the current […]


Introducing refugees to Serbian culture and history

With the support of the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia, the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights started an educational program for persons who were granted refugee status in Serbia on Serbian culture, history and constitutional order. The program is envisaged by the Decree on the manner of inclusion in the […]


Refugee Situation in Serbia in October 2018

According to the UNHCR estimates, the number of refugees and migrants in Serbia remained unchanged during October and amounted to about 3,800 persons of concern, of which around 3,500 were located in state asylum centers and reception centers by the end of the month. Most of the refugees and migrants were accommodated in the reception […]


Advisory opinion of Inter-American Court of Human Rights on diplomatic asylum

In May 2018, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights gave an advisory opinion on the diplomatic asylum institute, as a human right, in the inter-American human rights system. Advisory opinion was given at the request of Ecuador. The Court interpreted the protection envisaged by Article 7 of the American Convention on Human Rights and Article […]


On new Protocol 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights

Protocol 16 to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), came into force on 1 August 2018, as ten Member States signed and ratified the Protocol. The following countries have signed and ratified Protocol 16: Albania, Armenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Lithuania, San Marino, Slovenia and Ukraine, while: Andorra, […]


Refugee Situation in Serbia in September 2018

According to the UNHCR estimates, the number of refugees and migrants in Serbia remained unchanged during September and amounted to about 3,900 persons of concern, of which around 3,400 were located in state asylum centers and reception centers by the end of the month, including around 200 single men in rub halls in Adasevci and […]


Is there a country for Aquarius?

At the end of September 2018, Panama decided to cancel „hospitality“ to the rescue boat „Aquarius“. Namely, Panama, according to the SOS Mediterranée and the media, after pressure exerted by the Italian authorities, decided to remove the ship „Aquarius“ from the register of vessels, which operates within the NGO „SOS Mediterranée“ and deals with rescuing […]


Application of the new law regulating the asylum procedure in Serbia in practice

The Law on Asylum and Temporary Protection of the Republic of Serbia came into force on 3 June 2018 and brought a series of new decisions in relation to the previous law regulating this matter, that is, the Law on Asylum. It is important to note that asylum proceedings initiated before June 3 will be […]