Statements

Press realease on discriminatory scholarship condition

Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality stated that the call for awarding scholarships announced by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development cannot not contain the condition requiring candidates to submit a clean bill of health proving that they do not suffering from any contagious diseases, including HIV test results. Namely,…

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Press release on the occasion of International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality stressed that each and every form of discrimination, including sexual orientation and gender identity, is prohibited by law and must not be tolerated. Despite the fact that so far two Pride and one Trans…

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Press release on World Press Freedom Day

Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality wished a happy World Press Freedom Day to all journalists in Serbia and stressed that free, responsible and professional reporting is one of the cornerstones of a democratic and tolerant society. The Commissioner underlined the need to improve financial and social status of journalists, stressing however…

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Press release regarding regional work visit

Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality was on a regional visit to the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Croatia in charge of the protection against discrimination and improvement of equality which was organized by the OSCE Misssion to the Republic of Serbia. Following the visits to Banja Luka and…

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Press release on the occasion of the International Romani Day

On the occasion of 8 April, the International Romani Day and part of “Month of Roma Women’s Activism” campaign, Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality met with representatives of Roma Women Network. The main topics for discussion were economic empowerment of Roma women, their participation in public and political life, prevention of…

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Press release regarding the International Transgender Day of Visibility

On the occasion of the International Transgender Day of Visibility the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality Brankica Janković pointed out that trans-sexual and trans-gender persons belong to a severely marginalized group which is often subject to different forms of discrimination, although certain progress has been made towards improving their position in the society. Persons…

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Press release on 2015 Annual Report

Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality has submitted the 2015 Annual Report to the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The Report shows a growing trend in the number of complaints which is by 20 per cent higher as compared to the previous year. However, an increase in the number of…

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Press release on the occasion of the International Women’s Day

Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality wishes a happy International Women’s Day to all women citizens of Serbia. International Women’s Day celebrates all women and their struggle spanning many centuries for human rights, equality, breaking behavioral stereotypes and gender related prejudice. This struggle yielded a right to vote and to participate in…

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Press release following the beginning of the election campaign

Regarding the upcoming election campaign, Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality calls on all participants in the election process in particular those wishing to assume any kind of public function, to demonstrate a high level of tolerance and to carefully weigh their words spoken in public. “I would wish to remind everyone…

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Press release pertaining to degrading writing in certain printed media outlets

Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality said that the manner in which a daily newspaper has been reporting on Ms. Olivera Kovačević, Serbia Broadcasting Agency editor, is highly inappropriate and degrading. It is unacceptable to insult and violate a woman’s human dignity by using her personal life to belittle her professional and…

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