Three freedoms under the magnifying glass: 14-28 May 2020

Belgrade, May 29, 2020

Violations of basic freedoms in Serbia

14-28 May 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.

The past period was marked by a further derogation of media freedom in Serbia, which this time is reflected in unequal treatment in the allocation of funds for financing the media from the budget of the city of Belgrade, where most of the funds were received by media close to the ruling regime. Then, an attempt to mask the real situation in the media through the publication of the latest report of the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media on the representation of political actors during the election campaign, as well as further targeting of N1 television journalists. Recent events also indicate the frequent use of hate speech and xenophobic statements towards migrants residing in Serbia, as well as the evident sharpening of rhetoric towards this category of people and the public promotion of those who are trying to get political points on this topic

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

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* The dynamics of publishing the report will depend on the current situation.