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    • 1997-2000

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      Peace and democratisation-activist agenda

      The Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) was established under the name Centre for Civil-Military Relations in 1997 with a mission to advocate democratisation of the security sector in Serbia. It was the first civil society organization registered in Serbia with the exclusive interest in security issues.

      The founders of the organization were research staff previously employed in the Yugoslav Armed Forces’ academic institutions (Prof. Miroslav Hadžić and Milorad Timotić), CSOs activists (Milica Delević), researchers (Prof. Sulejman Hrnjica, Budimir Babović, PhD, Prof. Pero Sipka, Jovanka Matić, PhD). Their initial ambition was to put on the agenda the introduction of democratic control over state security forces and the questioning of their accountability for conflict in former Yugoslavia. Up to the 2000s the Centre remained the only civil society organization in ex-Yugoslavia which dealt with the issues of civilian control of the armed forces and civil-military relations in a context of the transition and democratisation process.

      During this period the Centre contributed to the demystification of the security sector through the organisation of briefings for journalists on security topics and public events during which the concept of democratic civilian control over the sector was presented to the widest public. Among the most outstanding initiatives in this period was drafting and promoting the four model laws on security issues (Law on Military Secret, Law on Civilian Service, Law on Supreme Defense Council, and Law on Private Security Agencies). Parallel to this the Centre initiated a debate on the need for filling the legal vacuum in this area.

      Prominent advocacy was also done in regards to the protection of human rights of civilians and military and police personnel. The bottom-up change was induced through the provision of legal counselling for the members of the Army and civilians. 

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