ERRC/CSRC Call for the Amendment of the Macedonian Draft Law on the Public Prosecution Office

06 July 2007

On 6 July 2007 the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Skopje-based Civil Society Research Center (CSRC) sent a letter to the highest Macedonian authorities calling for amendments to the Draft Law on the Public Prosecution, which will soon be debated by the Parliament. These amendments are necessary in order to eliminate the existing shortcomings with respect to the prompt and effective protection by the Public Prosecutor of citizens who are victims of a criminal offence. The letter, which was sent to the Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, Minister of Interior, President of the Parliament, Presidents of the Political Parties represented in the Parliament, Coordinators of the Political Parties in the Parliament, Public Prosecutor and Ombudsman of the Republic of Macedonia called for the inclusion of provisions in the draft law that prescribe time limits for the Public Prosecution Office (PPO) to investigate and to inform the victims of the outcome of the investigation.

In their letter, which was copied to relevant European and international human rights bodies, the ERRC and CSRC reminded the Macedonian government that they have an obligation to create the legal conditions for the timely functioning of the PPO, making it accountable to citizens who have the right to an effective legal remedy which, by definition, requires authorities to act promptly and without delay.

The full text of the letter in a PDF format can be viewed 

For further information on the issue, please contact:

Zoran Gavriloski (CSRC) zgavriloski_CSRC@yahoo.com +389-2-321-7940
Anita Danka (ERRC) anita.danka@errc.org +36-1-413-2200

Persons wishing to express similar concerns are urged to direct communication to:

Mr Nikola Gruevski
Prime Minister
Ilindenska St., bb, MK-1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Fax: +389 2 3112 561

Mr Mihajlo Manevski
Minister of Justice
Dimitrie Čupovski St., 9, MK-1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Fax: +389 2 3226 975

Ms Gordana Jankulovska
Minister of Interior
Dimče Mirčev St., bb, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Fax: +389 2 3142 434

Mr Ljubiša Georgievski
President of the Parliament
11 Oktomvri St., bb, MK-1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Fax: +389 2 3111 675

Coordinators of the Political Parties' Groups in the Parliament
11 Oktomvri St., bb, MK-1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Fax: +389 2 3111 675

Mr Ljupčo Švrgovski
Public Prosecutor of the Republic of Macedonia
Krste Misirkov St., bb, MK-1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Fax: +389 2 3219 866

Mr Idžet Memeti
Ombudsman
Dimitrie Čupovski St., 2, MK-1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Fax: +389 2 3129 359

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