Goran Miletic

Pride Seminar: Are Recent Improvements to LGBT Rights in the Western Balkans a Smokescreen or a Reality?

Goran Miletic

n recent years the countries of The Western Balkans have made positive legislative changes regarding human rights especially when it comes to anti-discrimination. However questions remain; Are such changes a smokescreen for the international community, or a real sign of change and have they truly improved the reality for LGBT people? Do the governments of the Western Balkans support or just tolerate human rights?

Serbian Media Landscape: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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On the 26th of May, Civil Rights Defenders organized a hearing event about the Serbian media landscape at the European Parliament. Although officials talk of progress in the Western Balkans media, there are numerous problems. “Last year, three important media laws were adopted, all of them drafted in cooperation with Civil Rights Defenders’ partners. Still, each Government sees the media, and especially the Public Broadcasting Service, as something to control.” said Goran Miletic at Civil Rights Defenders.

Serbia must protect the rights of asylum seekers

Asylum seekers

Extensive and violent protests erupted in Serbia when local authorities in the cities of Obrenovac and Vracevic decided to give 200 asylum seekers temporary winter accommodation in dormitories, as a result of freezing temperatures. Aggravated citizens blocked the road leading to the accommodation facilities and one of the dormitories was set on fire. Civil Rights Defenders strongly condemns the lack of reaction from the police and the failure to protect the asylum seekers.