The countries in the Western Balkans are continuously ratifying international human rights conventions and harmonising existing legislation to comply with the European standards. Still, unequal implementation of these conventions and the lack of knowledge concerning adopted laws and international human rights standards are major obstacles for the improvement of human rights situation in the region. Political instability, widespread corruption, lack of continuity in reforms, limited independence of judiciary and weak non-judicial mechanisms leave much work for human rights organisations and independent media – the sole watchdogs of the societies.
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