23 Oct Three freedoms under the magnifying glass: 9-22 October, 2020

Belgrade, October 23, 2020

Violations of basic freedoms in Serbia

9-22 October 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, 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 the escalation of verbal violence, intolerance, but also physical incidents due to the lack of capacity to accept the expression of different opinions or attitudes. The exhibition of caricatures in Zemun was a sufficient reason for a violent reaction of a group of men, and their actions were supported by the public, as well as a certain amount of understanding by the Ministry of Culture and Information, which declaratively condemned the intrusion into the exhibition, but an essential part of the statement was devoted to condemning the contents of the exhibition. In such conditions, numerous cases of verbal aggression against dissidents continued, and such an atmosphere was further fueled by the “Mirdita, dobar dan” festival, when several nationalist groups seriously endangered the safety of festival participants by publicly gathering and insulting members of national minorities.

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

cases of violations of basic human rights in serbia: 9-22 October

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