The countries in the Western Balkans are continuously ratifying international human rights conventions and harmonising existing legislation to comply with the European standards. However, haphazard implementation of these conventions and the lack of knowledge concerning the adopted laws and international human rights standards continue to be major obstacles when it comes to improving the overall human rights situation in the region. Political instability, widespread corruption, lack of continuity in reforms, limited independence of the judiciary and weak non-judicial mechanisms leave much work to do for human rights organisations and independent media – often the sole watchdogs in their respective societies.
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