UN World Court rejects preliminary Serbian objections in genocide case with Croatia

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today rejected Serbian objections over questions of jurisdiction and admissibility in the genocide case brought against it by Croatia.

UN expert urges Serbia to do more to support, protect human rights defenders

Alarmed at the stigmatization and hostility faced by those working to advance human rights in Serbia, an independent United Nations expert has called on that country’s authorities to give political recognition and legitimacy to human rights defenders and their work.

Over 300,000 Serbian children live in or at risk of poverty, UNICEF reports

There are still over 300,000 children in Serbia who are living in poverty or are at risk of poverty despite important steps that have been taken to improve the situation since the late 1990s, according to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report.

With UN support, construction of new housing units begins in Serbia

Top government and civil society leaders have formally laid the first foundations of new homes under a housing and social integration programme for tens of thousands of war refugees and other vulnerable people in Serbia being supported by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

New asylum law in Serbia and Montenegro hailed by UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed a new asylum law adopted by Serbia and Montenegro as “a concrete step” towards establishing a national asylum system in a country recovering from years of conflict and displacement, thus completing the introduction of international standards throughout the Balkans.

Tens of thousands of Serbian war refugees to benefit from new UN programme

Tens of thousands of war refugees and other vulnerable people in Serbia and Montenegro will benefit from a major new housing and social integration programme launched by the United Nations settlements agency and Italy to fill the gap left by major international humanitarian organizations winding down their emergency operations there.

With Serbia and Montenegro's food crisis over, UN agency ends work there

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the end of its operation in Serbia and Montenegro, which at its height served 700,000 people, proclaiming the food emergency there over.

UN refugee agency condemns attack on police post in southern Serbia

The United Nations refugee agency has strongly condemned last Friday's attack on a police post in southern Serbia near the Kosovo boundary, during which unknown assailants gunned down two officers and severely wounded two others.

UN official welcomes Kosovar Albanians freed from Serbian jails

After nearly two years serving time in Serbian jails, over 100 Kosovar Albanians arrived in Kosovo today, where they were welcomed by the top United Nations official in the area, who called for the return of all others still in detention.