Three Freedoms Under the Magnifying Glass: December 29 – January 11, 2024

Belgrade, January 11, 2024

Violations of basic freedoms in Serbia

December 29 – January 11, 2024

 

The festive and New Year’s euphoria is slowly passing and we hope that you have rested during that time and that you are ready to enter the year 2024 in the mood to continue the fight to protect the human rights and dignity of the citizens of Serbia.

While a large number of citizens rested and enjoyed New Year’s celebrations during the holidays, one student was, and still is, under house arrest. Student Dimitrije Popovski, arrested on the day of the protest on December 24, 2023, before the incidents broke out in front of the City Assembly, has been under house arrest for 19 days. His lawyer stated that the harsher measure imposed on the student represents “a form of repression”.

The new year, unfortunately, also began with an attack on the Pride Info Center. On Christmas Day at 4 p.m., an unknown man vandalized the premises of the Pride Info Center in Belgrade, and on that occasion the center’s window was completely broken. “This is a message to LGBT+ people in Serbia that there is no day of the year when we are safe and that even during the holidays we are the target of those who hate us and want to disenfranchise us, force us to hide and tell us that there is no place for us”, published is on the Pride Info Center’s Instagram page.

You can find more details about these cases in the full report below.