Denied access to court
Civil Rights Defenders and its partners Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and Regional Center for Minorities were yesterday denied access to a court session in Pancevo, Serbia, when demanding to monitor a case of principal importance. The case involves a Roma juvenile boy who is accused of having killed his Serbian friend.
The crime led to several days of attacks by other Serbian inhabitants towards their Roma neighbors. Strong media attention followed. Because of the sensitivity of the case, additionally involving a minor, we consider it important to monitor that fair trial standards are upheld in the trial proceedings. We will therefore together with our partners continue to demand access to the court sessions.News.
Tags: Fair trial, Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights, Regional Centre for Minorities, Roma, and Trial monitoring.