Victims Discouraged by ‘Lenient’ Sentences for Sex Crimes in Serbia

He was one of at least 608 people convicted of sex crimes in Serbia between 2016 and 2020.

But eight years is more than many convicted rapists are jailed for in the Balkan country, where, according to a BIRN investigation of data for the last five years, half were sentenced to five years or less, five years being the minimum sentence under the law since 2017.

Serbian Actor Accused of Rape Denies Allegations to Police

The well-known Serbian actor and politican Branislav Lecic has denied raping the actress Danijela Stajnfeld, the Belgrade Higher Prosecutor's Office told BIRN.

Lecic was summoned to the police to give a statement on accusations of rape dating to 2012. He spent several hours in the police station on Friday.

Femicides and Violence Overshadow Women’s Day Protests in Turkey

A female protester holding a feminist flag  on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Istanbul, March 6 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

Turkish women have been holding protests and marches since Friday, and nine women were detained by police for carrying LGBTI flags at a protest in Istanbul's Kadikoy Pier Square.

Yet another incident of violence against woman as issue remains rampant in Turkey

A woman was filmed being beaten up on the street by a man before the eyes of her child on March 6, as the video went viral on Turkish social media, with users calling out the issue which has failed to come to an end in the country where femicide are also rift.

Smartphone campaign launched for domestic violence victims

A new social solidarity movement has been launched for women who are subjected to domestic violence and have limited access to technological devices.

The motto of the campaign, initiated by Teknosa, the Sabancı Foundation and the Federation of Women's Associations (TKDF), is "technology for women, solidarity for all."