The Platform of Organisations for Cooperation with United Nations Human Rights mechanisms organized conference “Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 2018: Mechanisms for the Promotion of Human Rights in Serbia” on 28 September 2018 in Belgrade, with the support of UN Human Rights Team in Serbia and OSCE Mission to Serbia.
The Platform has been established by leading Civil Society Organizations that have significant experience in reporting to United Nations human rights mechanisms and follow-up to recommendations, recognizing the need and importance of a continuous and evidence-based reporting process, monitoring the implementation of recommendations that mechanisms send to the Republic of Serbia as well as interacting with government bodies for monitoring the implementation of the UN human rights recommendations.
The Platform is consisted of a few thematic clusters for various groups of human rights. The Child Rights Centre is coordinator of the Cluster on the rights of the child, which is also consisted of the following organisations: ASTRA, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and MODS.
The Child Rights Centre director presented 34 recommendations that directly deal with children, which can be divided into five groups: reform of legislative framework and its alignment with relevant international standards, prevention of violence against children and introduction of explicit ban of corporal punishment of children, prevention and suppression of trafficking in human beings, especially children and unaccompanied minors, acceleration of deinstitutionalization process, and improvement of inclusive education.