Three freedoms under the magnifying glass: 26 June- 8 July 2020

Belgrade, July 8, 2020

Violations of basic freedoms in Serbia

26 June- 8 July 2020


Due to the new situation in the world caused by the global pandemic of the Covid-19 virus and the declaration of a state of emergency on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, in addition to violations of the rights to freedom of association, assembly and expression, given the circumstances, Civic Initiatives will monitor other human rights, Civic Initiatives have monitored all other human rights. Although the state of emergency in Serbia was lifted on May 6, given the large number of violations, the Civic Initiatives will continue to monitor the situation in the field of all human rights in the coming period.

All the events of the past two weeks have been overshadowed by the protests held on July 7 and 8 and the inappropriate reaction of the police when dozens of cases of police brutality and severe injury of citizens were demonstrated. In addition to the uniformed members of the law enforcement, the citizens were also beaten by people in civilian clothes who claimed to work in the police, although there are no official confirmations for that yet. Dozens of citizens were injured, and many more complained about health problems caused by excessive use of tear gas. During the action, members of the armed forces also used force against women and minors. During the protest, cases of beatings of journalists were recorded, as well as preventing journalists from doing their job.

An overview of the cases recorded during this period can be downloaded below.

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