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 2019, the National Strategy for Exercising the Rights of Victims and Witnesses of Crimes, for the period 2019-2025, as well as the Action Plan for the first three years of the Strategy's implementation were drafted.
The Public Prosecutor's Office, the Judicial Academy and the OSCE Mission to Serbia continued organizing training events for public prosecutors in 2019, with the aim improving the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. These events included the presentation of the Guidelines for the prosecution of hate crimes in the Republic of Serbia, developed jointly by the Public Prosecutor's Office, the OSCE Mission to Serbia and civil society representatives, as well as examples of practical actions of the competent bodies concerning hate crimes, and the practice of the European Court of Human Rights.
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.