The Regional Centre for Minorities reported six physical assaults against Roma. Roma settlements near Belgrade were partly demolished in 2009, leading to protests that lasted for several days. When the authorities assigned Roma to new housing in Boljevci, local residents blocked their entry and issued threats. One man was arrested for trying to set fire to places of residence designated for Roma.
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Report Data - Serbia - 2009
In a first judgment expressly applying the hate crime provision in Serbian Criminal Code, a defendant received an enhanced sentence for a hate crime motivated by bias against sexual orientation, following arguments to that effect by the public prosecutor.
The Republic Public Prosecutor's Office, jointly with the OSCE Mission to Serbia and civil society, developed and published the Guidelines for Criminal Prosecution of Hate Crimes. The Guidelines, to which ODIHR contributed expert input, were disseminated and trainings for prosecutors are being conducted to solidify their principles into prosecutorial practice.
Pursuant to the Compulsory Instruction issued by the Republic Public Prosecutor, all Prosecutor's Offices have appointed a specialist hate crime prosecutor to monitor and record hate crime cases, liaise with case prosecutor and police officers, as well as with the victims and civil society organizations supporting them.
Transgender Europe (TGEU) and ILGA-Europe reported the murder of a transgender woman. ILGA-Europe reported three assaults. The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) reported one murder, eight assaults, seven incidents where verbal threats were made and five attacks on property associated with LGBT persons. The president of GSA was also the victim of two assaults attempts. The lesbian human rights organization LABRIS reported incitement to violence by right-wing groups during the preparation for a pride parade. In order to avoid clashes, the event was first relocated, and subsequently cancelled, due to security concerns.