The Protector of Citizens, Zoran Pašalić, sent an Eid greeting to all citizens of the Islamic religion today, on the occasion of the upcoming holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
I wish all citizens of the Islamic religion in the Republic of Serbia to spend the holidays in peace, happiness and well-being. May this holiday bring joy and warmth to all homes, preserve and remind of the values of forgiveness and solidarity, nurture interpersonal relationships and tolerance, Pašalić said in his congratulatory message.
Members of Parliament of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia elected Zoran Pašalić as the Protector of Citizens of the Republic of Serbia by majority vote of all MPs tonight.
Pašalić is the first Protector of Citizens elected under the new Law on the Protector of Citizens, adopted in November 2021.
On 13 April, the Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia on Constitutional and Legislative Issues, after discussions with the candidates, passed a Proposal for a Decision on the Election of the Protector of Citizens and proposed Zoran Pašalić as the Protector of Citizens, which it then referred to the National Assembly for consideration under an urgent procedure.
Pašalić was at the head of the Institution of the Protector of Citizens for the previous five years, during which this independent state body for the protection of human rights confirmed the highest A status in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), increased its work efficiency in handling cases from 65 to 92 percent, increased its media visibility many times over, which contributes to raising citizens' awareness of human rights and the responsibilities of the Protector of Citizens in their protection, and took the leading place among the state institutions in which citizens had the most confidence during the 2020 pandemic.
The Protector of Citizens, Zoran Pašalić, wished all citizens of the Republic of Serbia a happy upcoming Christian holiday of Easter, who celebrate it according to the Julian calendar, with the wish for them to spend it in health, peace and joy with their families, relatives and friends.
"With the wish that they spend the holiday in good health, love and peace with their neighbours, I heartily wish a happy Easter to all citizens who celebrate this holiday according to the Julian calendar. Let Easter be a reminder of the timeless values of togetherness, respect, solidarity and tolerance, as the main conditions for decent coexistence and progress", Pašalić stated in his congratulatory message.
The Deputy Protector of Citizens, Jelena Stojanović, stated today that this independent state institution will intensify its work in the coming period to protect the rights and best interests of the child, especially bearing in mind that according to the new Law on the Protector of Citizens, it has the position of a special body that protects, promotes and improves the rights of the child.
"The Protector of Citizens is a state institution in the highest international A status, which has been dealing with the protection of the rights and best interests of the child for 15 years. Considering that the new law also gave us the position of a special body that protects, promotes and improves the rights of the child, our efforts will be focused on intensifying the work in terms of prevention, the protection itself, but also the effectiveness of the implementation of that protection", Stojanović said at a lecture to students of the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade.
Stojanović conveyed to the students certain examples from the practice of this institution in the protection of children's rights, as well as systemic and individual omissions of competent authorities, the removal of which the Protector of Citizens requested through his recommendations and opinions addressed to those authorities and competent institutions.
The Protector of Citizens very carefully monitors and will continue to monitor the work of all competent authorities responsible for the protection of children's rights and to respond urgently to all omissions in work with the aim of providing children, as the most vulnerable category of the population, with the highest level of rights protection, stated Stojanović.
The Deputy Protector of Citizens introduced the students, as part of the Legal Clinic, the topic of which was family law and the protection of children's rights, to the powers, working methods and competences of the Protector of Citizens, especially the new competences assigned to him by the Law on the Protector of Citizens adopted in November 2021.