Sunday, April 05, 2020


Initial premise of the Autonomous Women's Center is that policies, in order to fight against violence against women, at the local and national level should be consistent with international standards and good practices in this field. In accordance with the strategic goals, that the Convention of the United Nations and the Council of Europe should be implemented well by the state and that in the process of joining the European Union we must respect the human rights of women, Autonomous Women's Center consistently monitors the implementation of and advocates for a comprehensive, coherent, relevant, specific, efficient and effective national policies against violence against women.

Autonomous Women’s Center is disappointed by the fact that the Ministry of Justice, with the assistance of the UNICEF, developed a draft Law on Juvenile Criminal Offenders and Criminal Legal Protection of Juveniles, in which the level of achieved rights for the protection of children’s rights is reduced. The proposed draft reduces the list of crimes that will be treated by judges, prosecutors and police officers who have special training in dealing with cases where children are victims. The draft of law also abolishes the current obligation of the state to set up an attorney for the child, the victim of violence, from the circle the lawyers who would represent him/her in the proceedings, leaving the prosecutor's offices and courts that in its own discretion decide whether to give that right to the child.

AWC has expected tightening of the provisions of the existing Law on the Protection of Children, which has not always been respected by the courts and prosecutors' offices, in the manner that there will be provided additional rights of minors as victims, and the penalties imposed for non-compliance with these provisions, which would be in accordance with Directive 2012/29/EU on establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.

AWC has sent its comments to the Ministry of Justice and the working group for drafting the new aw on Juvenile Criminal Offenders and Criminal Legal Protection of Juveniles.