It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend and associate Dr. Damjan Tatić, a respected human rights expert and advocate and a member of the Assembly of the Child Rights Centre. 

Damjan had an impressive carrier in the field of human rights. He participated in the drafting process of the United Nations Convention on persons with disabilities, after which he was a member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2 terms, from 2011 to 2018, as well as vice-president of this body from 2017 to 2018. In his work with the Committee, Damjan provided guidance to numerous countries on how to harmonize their law, policy and practice with the highest international standards on the rights of persons with disabilities.

In addition to his international career, Damjan made a great contribution to the advancement of the rights of persons with disabilities in Serbia. In addition to being a consultant to numerous international and national organizations on various projects and the author of a number of scientific studies, research and publications, Damjan was a long-term expert of the National Organization of Persons with Disabilities of Serbia – NOOIS, with whom the Child Rights Centre has excellent cooperation. During his collaboration with the Child Rights Centre, Damjan worked on the advancement of the rights of children with disabilities, especially for improving of their access to justice.

In our future work, we will be guided by Damjan’s ideas and principles for improving the rights of children with disabilities. We will strive to continue his work, and we will always remember his work, kindness, perseverance, modesty, kindness, charm and sense of humor and he will forever be an inspiration to us.