Serbia

Seminar: Serbia – On the Fringes of The EU But Media Censorship is in the Dark Ages

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Scapegoating human rights defenders and journalists has always followed the same methodology. First the tabloids enforce smear campaigns against the organisation or individual, accusing them of being foreign agents working against the State. After a number of such articles, a public official repeats this type of allegation and confirms the previous stories from the tabloid. As a result of this, right wing organisations or individuals take matters into their own hands often posting threats, initiating harassment tactics or even physically attacking these so called “enemies of the state”.

Human Rights Defenders School Now in its Third Year Kicks Off in Serbia

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The Human Rights Defenders School, an initiative of Civil Rights Defenders has for a third year in succession opened its doors to young human rights lawyers and human rights defenders from across Serbia. The first lectures were held in Belgrade and Niš and attended by 50 students. Goran Miletic, Programme Director for the Western Balkans kicked off proceedings with an introductory lecture.

Human Rights Defenders Attacked by Members of the Ruling Party in Serbia

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Civil Rights Defenders condemns the recent attack against several human rights defenders from the Youth Initiative of Human Rights (YIHR) of Serbia, a long time partner of Civil Rights Defenders and demands that swift legal action be taken in bringing the perpetrators to justice.The incident occurred on the evening of January 17, involving nine activists from the YIHR, who were brutally attacked by members from a local branch of the Serbian Progressive Party.

Human Rights Defenders Made Scape Goats in Serbian Media

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Freedom of the media in Serbia has seen a significant change in its trajectory since 2010, from being categorised by many watchdog organisations as being on a good path to becoming free and independent to the current situation of instability. There is now an almost total collapse in freedom of expression that has seen media outlets spewing out propaganda targeting human rights defenders regarding trumped up allegations of destabilising the state.

Safe and Secure Freedom of Assembly Must be Guaranteed at Belgrade Pride

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Civil Rights Defenders demands that the government of Serbia puts all measures in place to ensure a safe and secure Belgrade Pride March which is scheduled to take place on September 18. Freedom of peaceful assembly must be secured for all citizens of Serbia regardless of their personal attributes and to guarantee peoples’ fundamental human rights. Belgrade Pride Week 2016 which began on September 12 includes a variety of cultural, debate and community-oriented events, which will take place at several locations throughout the Serbian capital.

Belgrade Pride Week: What a Difference a Year Can Make

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In 2014 Belgrade saw its first successful Pride March in several years. After the extreme violence of 2010 and several subsequent bans there was an optimistic but cautious mood surrounding the 2015 event. On the 21st of September all fears were laid to rest as the Belgrade Pride March 2015 became the Belgrade Pride Parade winding through the streets of the Serbian capital. Over 1,200 participants thronged the event in what was a party of openness, inclusiveness and togetherness.