AWARENESS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROTECTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION IN THE FORMER SFRY COUNTRIES

Filip Mirić

DOI Number
https://doi.org/10.22190/TEME191017065M
First page
1095
Last page
1108

Abstract


Discrimination against persons with disabilities is a widespread social phenomenon. In recent years, Serbia has successfully completed its normative framework by adopting a number of laws in the field of protection against discrimination (Act on Prevention of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities, Act on Prohibition of Discrimination, Act on Professional Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities). Civil law protection and compensation for pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage are the most common forms of protection against discrimination. In addition to civil protection, the legal order of the Republic of Serbia also prescribes criminal law protection against discrimination. The aim of the paper is to investigate, by means of a specially designed questionnaire, the degree of awareness of persons with disabilities of the mechanisms of criminal law protection against discrimination. Being aware of one’s rights and how to protect them is a prerequisite for successful implementation of legal solutions. The results of the research show that persons with disabilities in Serbia are insufficiently informed about the available mechanisms for criminal justice protection against discrimination. As a result, there is a very small number of completed criminal proceedings in this field, which is one of the reasons for the unfavorable social and legal position of this vulnerable social group in Serbia.


Keywords

crime, persons with disabilities, discrimination, criminal legislation

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