Saturday, 10 December 2016
Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality Committee Chairman Meho Omerovic on International Human Rights Day
Human rights are the cornerstone of every democratic society. However, the times we live in are full of challenges, both globally and in our own country.
We have an excellent legal framework, very detailed and precise strategies and action plans, we have built the foundation for institutions in charge of protecting human rights, but the fact remains – we have to do more. Unfortunately, we still have people who are discriminated against, women who suffer violence, children victims of sexual abuse and peer violence and other violations of human rights.
We do not pass laws to meet international obligations. Laws have to be enforced efficiently so as to prevent human rights violations. But if those do happen, which is far from rare, those whose rights are threatened should have efficient legal protection, and those in violations should be held accountable and sanctioned.
As an EU candidate country, by assuming the obligations it did through the action plans for chapters 23 and 24, Serbia has demonstrated its resolve to harmonise its regulations with EU standards and advance the state of human rights. However, each of us should work on building a society of equal opportunities and raising the level of human rights, and the chief preconditions for it are mutual respect and understanding, dialogue and tolerance. I truly believe that, despite all the treats and challenges of the times we live in, we can achieve these goals.
9.00 - sitting of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (National Assembly Building, 14 Kralja Milana Street, Blue Salon)
9.00 - sitting of the Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, hall 2)