On 26 November 2013 the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia elected Gordana Stevanović, Vladana Jović and Robert Sepi as Deputy Protectors of Citizens, while the term of office of Miloš Janković, the former Deputy Protector of Citizens, was extended. Deputy Protectors of Citizens assumed their offices on 2 December 2013 upon taking the oath in the National Assembly.
Gordana Stevanović, Deputy Protector of Citizens for Children’s Rights and Gender Equality
Gordana Stevanović was born in 1970 in Loznica. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, in 1998; she passed the bar exam in 2001, and earned her master’s degree from the Faculty of Political Sciences in 2009. She continued her professional development via trainings in public administration, human resources management, and public administration, and became a certified change management trainer for employees in public administration bodies.
From 1999 to 2001, she worked as a judicial intern in the Fourth Basic Court in Belgrade. In the course of 2001 she was a Legal Advisor in the NGO ‘’Society for the Promotion of Roma Settlements’’, where she was involved in the implementation of various projects and surveys relating to the improvement of the status of the Roma population, primarily the exercise and protection of their labor rights and the rights of women and children to health care and education. From 2002 she worked as a Senior Advisor at the Federal Ministry of National and Ethnic Communities. From late 2002 to 2003, in the framework of OXFAM, she educated citizens, especially women, on the delivery of health care to women and children. At the same time, from 2001 to 2009, she worked as a Legal Consultant to the NGO "Roma Women's Center Bibija". She run the legal counseling service and participated in the following projects: Practicing Women’s Human Rights through Health Care; Impact of Domestic Violence on Women’s Health; Forum Theatre - Violence against Women; Violence against Women and Impact on Children; Study on the Prevalence of Violence against Women and Children in Roma Communities; Family Project: Human, Women's and Children's Rights in the Roma Families; Youth Health and the Health of Children in Roma Families; Women’s Human Rights of Young Roma Women in Serbia: from Theory to Initiatives; Community Mobilization: Together in the Fight against Trafficking in Women and Children.
From 2004 to 2009 she was the Head of the Service of the Republican Committee for Resolving Conflicts of Interest. From 2009 until her election as the Deputy Protector of Citizens, she served as the Assistant Secretary General of the Administrative and Technical Service of the Protector of Citizens and managed affairs in the Department for Handling Complaints. In this period she was particularly engaged in the protection of rights and oversight procedures in respect of the rights of women to parenting, the privacy of women in medical procedures, as well as the protection of women's health, health care and health insurance of children.
Vladana Jović, Deputy Protector of Citizens for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
She was born in 1968 in Belgrade. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, in 1995. Her professional development involved training in the field of public administration and the EU.
From 1995 to 1997 she served as an intern and an Associate in the Republican Secretariat for Legislation. From 1997 to 1999 she was the Head of the Cabinet of the General Manager of the joint stock telecommunications company "Telekom Srbija" a.d. From 1999 to 2005 she served as the Head of the Group for Housing and Legal Affairs of the PE ‘’PTT saobracaja Srbija’’; from 2005 to 2007 she was the Head of the Public Administration Projects Division at the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government. She served as the Assistant Minister - Head of the Department for Normative Legal Affairs and Harmonization of Regulations at the Ministry of Education from 2007 to 2009, when she moved on to the position of Assistant Minister - Head of the Public Administration Department at the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration where she served from 2009 until her election as Deputy Protector of Citizens.
Robert Sepi, Deputy Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities
He was born in 1969 in Belgrade. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, in 1994; he passed the bar exam in 2000, and earned a master's degree from the Faculty of Law in 2006. His doctoral dissertation was approved at the same Faculty in 2007. He attended numerous national and international specialized training courses in various fields. He published numerous articles and authorial works in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms in criminal, civil and commercial law, EU law, international judicial institutions and the rights of national minorities.
From 1992 to 1995 he served as an In-House Counsel and Corporate Lawyer in a private enterprise. From 1997 to 2001 he was a judicial intern and a Technical Associate in the District Court in Valjevo. From 2002 to 2004 he served as an Independent Advisor in the Ministry of Justice and Local Self-Government.
From 2004 to 2007 he was a researcher-associate at the Institute of Comparative Law. From 2007 until his election as Deputy Protector of Citizens he held the position of Assistant Secretary General of the Protector of Citizens and the Head of the Department for Monitoring Compliance and Drafting Regulations governing Human and Minority Rights Protection. In this period he was particularly involved in the protection of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities relating to their employment at local self-government bodies, exercise of freedoms and the right to declare their nationality, the right to legal visibility of members of marginalized groups, protection of language and script in civil registration and issuing of identification documents.
Miloš R. Janković, Deputy Protector of Citizens for the Protection of Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty and Head of the National Preventive Mechanism against Torture in the Republic of Serbia
He was born in Belgrade in 1961. Upon graduation from V Belgrade High School, he graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, and passed the bar exam. He prepared several publications on the organization and operation of the National Preventive Mechanism against Torture in Serbia. He is the author of a series of research papers on the rights of persons deprived of liberty, prevention of torture and ill-treatment, rights of persons with mental disabilities, organization and operation of the National Preventive Mechanism and international instruments for the protection of human rights. He has given numerous lectures on prevention of torture and protection of rights of persons deprived of liberty in Moscow, Geneva, Marseille, Madrid, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Kiev, Odessa, and Baku.
Prior to 1992, he held positions in insurance and was involved in entrepreneurship. From 1992 to 2004 he was a lawyer. He was the Manager of the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions in 2004, and subsequently he became the Executive Director of the PUC "Beograd put." From 2008 until today he has served as the Deputy Protector of Citizens for two terms of office and the Head of the Department for the Protection and Promotion of Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, i.e. persons in police custody, in detention centers, prisons, he is involved in the protection and promotion of the rights of people with mental disorders in psychiatric hospitals as well as persons placed in residential social care institutions, reception centers for aliens and asylum centers.
By majority decision of the States Parties to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, he was elected a member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention against Torture in 2011, where he performs activities falling within the mandate of the UN body, which activities are provided for by the Optional Protocol.