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Paunovic called on the UN to determine the human rights situation in Kosovo (Tanjug, Vecernje Novosti)

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Belgrade based Tanjug news agency reports that Serbia from 2013 until now requested from the eight contracting bodies of United Nations that UNMIK reports on the application of the standards of valid conventions on the territory of Kosovo.
Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights Suzana Paunovic said yesterday and called on the UN Human Rights Council to inspect the human rights situation in that part of territory, reports the agency.

Paunovic, who heads the Serbian delegation, presented the state report for the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council, and she stressed that sustainable conditions for the return of internally displaced persons to Kosovo have not been secured even after 18 years, and she underlined, that it was the responsibility of the international presence and ”the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in the Province,” reports Tanjug.

“Serbia is one of the few countries that in 2014 established the Council for monitoring the implementation of the recommendations of the UN human rights mechanisms at the government level and the work of that body significantly facilitated the entire process of preparation for the UPR and its establishment has created another solid basis for further strengthening co-operation with UN mechanisms,” Paunovic says.

The establishment of the Council, Paunovic pointed, welcomed the UN Human Rights Commissions in each presentation of state reports to the relevant contracting bodies, and she believed that this was a confirmation of the government’s commitment to human rights monitoring and implementation of the recommendations of the UN human rights mechanisms, Tanjug reports.

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