24 Mar Three Freedoms Under the Magnifying Glass: 10 – 23 March, 2023
Belgrade, 24 March, 2023 –
Violations of basic freedoms in Serbia
10 – 23 March, 2023
Threatening leaflets signed by the extremist organization Naši were again thrown into the courtyard of the building where N1 television is located. Two women were harassed by police officers while they were traveling to Bosilegrad with the aim of delivering a letter of protest to the President of the Republic. On that occasion, they were taken to the police station for interrogation and claim that the officers did not introduce themselves to them, that they tried to take away their mobile phones, and that they were prevented from contacting a lawyer. The Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina (NDNV) received a threatening message from the organization Naši. We remind that NDNV has been exposed to threats from extremists for years, and in the latest case, they were accused of being foreign mercenaries. Employees of the Faculty of Political Sciences were targeted by posters with their faces, with the inscription “traitors”. These posters appeared after the cancellation of the gathering of researchers from the FPN and the Faculty of Philosophy from Pristina, due to announced threats of physical attacks on participants of this event.
In the area of freedom of assembly, seven activists, who have been staying in Šodros for more than a year, preventing the start of work on the new bridge and viaduct that would destroy the last green oasis in Novi Sad, received misdemeanor charges, because they prevented the cutting of trees at this location.
In the area of freedom of association, the premises of the Krokodil association were attacked, and the occasion was the display of the Ukrainian flag on the anniversary of the beginning of Russia’s aggression against this country. On this occasion, the creative director of this association, Vladimir Arsenijević, announced that his colleagues had been exposed to attacks for weeks, after removing a nationalist graffiti in the center of Belgrade earlier.
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