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"Serbia has been positively assessed in the second review of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva," was stated at a press conference organized by the United Nations Office in Serbia, Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, Office of Human and Minority Rights, Ombudsman of the Republic of Serbia and the Belgrade Centre of Human Rights, at which the process and recommendations resulting from the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human rights were presented.

This review of human rights, known as the UPR, is delivered every four and a half years by each UN member state, whereby the implementation of protection and promotion of human rights is estimated.

Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic agreed with the recommendations of the UPR, saying that the  progress in human rights was obvious, but that legitimate expectations in meeting the needs of the citizens were still modest, especially of disadvantaged and marginalized groups.

According to the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration and Head of the Serbian delegation in Geneva, Gordana Stamenic, the progress in implementing the recommendations of the recently completed review will be noted in the third cycle of the UPR in 2017.

UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia, William Infante, said that the received recommendations of the second cycle of the UPR were an excellent basis for the creation and adoption of the agenda of human rights in Serbia.

The conference attendees were addressed by Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights, Suzana Paunovic, and Executive Director of the Belgrade Centre for Human and Minority Rights, Vesna Petrovic.