The Protector of Citizens recommended to the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue to draft laws as soon as possible that would enable legal regulation of same-sex communities and regulation of legal ramifications of gender adjustment to improve the position of LGBTI people in Serbia.
In his recommendations, the Protector of Citizens states that this Ministry should prepare and submit to the Government of the Republic of Serbia the Proposal of the Strategy for the Prevention of and Protection against Discrimination and the accompanying Action Plan for the following period, with specific measures and activities to improve the position of LGBTI people and other vulnerable social groups.
The proposed Strategy for the Prevention of and Protection against Discrimination and the accompanying Action Plan should apply as well to vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, persons whose health condition may be grounds for discrimination, refugees, internally displaced persons and other endangered migrant groups, national minorities and persons whose religious affiliation may be grounds for discrimination, the Protector of Citizens has recommended.
The Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue is to notify the Protector of Citizens on acting upon the recommendations within 60 days.
In the investigation to control the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy whose competencies in these fields were taken over by the newly-established Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue, the Protector of Citizens has ascertained that neither same-sex communities nor the consequences of gender adjustment (change) and gender identity have been legally regulated, nor have the amendments to the Law of Inheritance been adopted in order to legally regulate the inheritance of same-sex partners, nor other measures and activities contained in the Action Plan for the implementation of the Strategy for Prevention and Protection against Discrimination, which was adopted by the Government of the Republic of Serbia in 2014.
Although the period for which these documents were adopted expired in 2018, the Strategy for the Prevention of and Protection against Discrimination and the accompanying Action Plan for the next period are yet to be adopted. State bodies are obliged to take all legislative, administrative and other measures to create an environment conducive to activities aimed at promotion, protection and exercise of human rights, the Protector of Citizens has pointed out.