Three freedoms under the magnifying glass: 1-15 March 2020

17 Mar Three freedoms under the magnifying glass: 1-15 March 2020

Review of violations of freedom of association, assembly and expression in Serbia 1-15 March 2020

The past two weeks have been marked by findings and reactions to reports by relevant domestic and international organizations, which noted the deterioration of the situation regarding fundamental rights in Serbia. This is evidenced by a report by Freedom House, which notes that Serbia has made the biggest drop in the list of basic freedoms in the last 10 years. A similar situation was noted in the report on the shrinking of the space for work of CSOs, published by Civic Initiatives, and confirmed by the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society, which expressed concern about the threats facing the civil sector. The trend of pressures on independent journalists, media outlets and journalists associations has continued, and one of the methods used is the misuse of public funding for media projects is involving associations close to authorities whose members become decision-makers in the commissions that distribute funds.

 

You can download the overview of violations of freedom of association, assembly and expression for the past two weeks below.

Three freedoms under the magnifying glass 1-15 March

 

Representatives of 20 civil society organisations signed in Belgrade the Three Freedoms Platform for the Protection of Civic Space in the Republic of Serbia, in order to protect and promote the freedom of association, assembly and information.The Platform is intended to act as a joint block of civil society organizations (associations, professional organizations, foundations, endowments, and other forms of associations including informal groups of citizens) to stand for the protection of endangered freedoms and create conditions for unhindered participation of citizens in public affairs through civil society development.

* Civic Initiatives as a partner of CIVICUS Monitor for Serbia send bi-weekly reports in English since August 2018.  Learn more about the CIVICUS Monitor here.