Olga Đurović is a lawyer for the Center for the Protection and Assistance to Asylum Seekers APC / CZA,a non-governmental organization that provides legal and psychosocial assistance to asylum seekers and refugees since 2008, i.e. since the beginning of the asylum system in the Republic of Serbia. She is one of the founders of the Center and is the head of the Center’s legal team since 2014.Olga represents asylum seekers in asylum proceedings, misdemeanor proceedings, administrative disputes before the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Serbia and the European Court of Human Rights. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. Registered in the directory of lawyers of the Bar Association of Serbia and Bar Association of Belgrade. She loves photography, Law and long walks.
The rights of refugees, one of the most vulnerable social groups, are often violated and are violated in all, even in our country. One of the fundamental principles is that refugees can not be penalized if they illegally cross a state border, because they are fleeing from the country of origin in order to save their bare lives, as is prescribed by the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 1951, and our domestic legislation. Unfortunately, it is not a rare situation in which the refugees ended up in prisons for illegal border crossing in Serbia.
Lawyer Olga Đurović from the Center for the Protection and Assistance to Asylum Seekers APC / CZA& through the case of rescuing 80 Syrian refugees caught in an illegal border crossing in southern Serbia, will reveal to us us how difficult the battle for the rights of those people is. How during their two-week rescue campaign, in which she went from Belgrade to the Magistrate Court in Niš, and then visiting prisons in the south of Serbia, faced with non-compliance with the law and legal procedures, clashed with government bodies and their abuse of authority, and eventually won. Because she defended people who had their rights taken away from them, rights that protect them under the Constitution and the Law.