08 Oct Open conversation about the List: United Citizens for a Safe Society

Belgrade, 8 October, 2020-

 

Open conversation about the List: United Citizens for a Safe Society

Time: Thursday, October 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Zoom platform

 

We invite you to join the gathering on the freedom of association of citizens and the fight against terrorist financing on Thursday, October 15 from 11 am to 2 pm via Zoom.

 The reason for this gathering is the so-called case List, that is, the news that all commercial banks in Serbia received a request from the Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering to submit data on accounts and banking transactions of 37 associations of citizens, foundations and media, as well as 20 individuals. Since even two months after the publication of this news, there is no clear response from state authorities on the legal basis for suspicion of listed organizations, nor the criteria on the basis of which some organizations are classified as risky, four working groups of the National Convention on the EU (NCEU) dealing with the state of democracy, freedom of expression and the media, justice and fundamental rights, and access to security and justice, launch a dialogue on this topic in support of the organizations on the List.

To participate in the event, you can register via the link (https://gradjanske.civicatalyst.org/the_list) until Monday (October 12, 2020), after which you will receive a Zoom link. Simultaneous translation from Serbian into English will be provided at the event.

The goal of the meeting is to assess in a dialogue the implementation of the principles, obligations, scope and limitations of civil society engagement in the fight against terrorist financing in Serbia and best practices in Europe. At the first panel, activists of local initiatives and representatives of civil society organizations will talk about why trust is important for the work of citizens’ associations. What do organizations do to earn the trust of citizens? What are the consequences for citizens when these associations are exposed to pressure and attacks? The second panel will be dedicated to the achievements of civil society in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. The invitation to participate in this panel was also sent to the acting Director of the Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering, and representatives of local and international civil society organizations will speak about the current experience of involving civil society organizations in the prevention of terrorist financing in Serbia and what are the consequences for future partnerships with government agencies? A detailed program and a list of speakers can be found in the attachment. For more information contact person: ivanat@gradjanske.org.

Download the program

 

The event is organized by the following working groups of the National Convention on the EU (NCEU):

  • Cross-sectoral working group for political criteria,
  • Cross-sectoral working group for freedom of expression and media,
  • Chapter 23 Working Group – Judiciary and Fundamental Rights and
  • Chapter 24 Working Group – Justice, Freedom and Security,

as well as organizations that are on the List.