London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

OSCE in Serbia and Montenegro

A HRSJ Institute team comprising Prof Bill Bowring, Prof Douwe Korff, Prof Philip Leach and Dr Brad Blitz of Oxford Brookes University, carried out a Human Rights Audit of Serbia and Montenegro (SaM), 2003-2004, for the OSCE Mission to SaM. The team wrote a major report and recommendations, based on several visits to the region.

The review has provided depth to the Mission''s policy response in key areas, enabling the Mission to engage with and advise government on human rights issues, and to make appropriate recommendations to the OSCE Chairman-in-Office/Permanent Council, on the following topics:

· War Crimes

· Prison and Detention

· Discrimination/ tolerance education

· Refugees/IDPs

· Roma

· Gender and Children

· Law Enforcement and Organised Crime

The Permanent Council of the OSCE adopted on 11 January 2001 the Mandate for the OSCE Mission in Serbia and Montenegro.

The Mandate provides that the Mission 'will provide assistance and expertise to the Yugoslav authorities at all levels, as well as to interested individuals, groups and organizations, in the fields of democratization and the protection of human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to national minorities. In this context, and in order to promote democratization, tolerance, the rule of law and conformity with OSCE principles, standards and commitments, the Mission will also assist and advise on the full implementation of legislation in areas covered by the mandate, and monitor the proper functioning and development of democratic institutions, processes and mechanisms.'


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