The Coalition prEUgovor is presenting its latest Alarm – an independent semi-annual report on Serbia’s progress regarding the political criteria and the implementation of policies in the areas covered by Chapters 23 (Justice and Fundamental Rights) and 24 (Justice, Freedom and Security) of the accession negotiations with the European Union.
The report unambiguously indicates that the state of emergency, introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, revealed the lack of reforms in Chapters 23 and 24, the non-functioning of institutions, as well as the tendency to abolish the division and balance of power. The otherwise endangered rights and freedoms, such as the right of citizens to freedom and security, electoral rights, freedom of the media or the rights of migrants, suffered a serious blow during this period. Even Serbia’s commitment to European integration has been called into question. Such an alarming situation indicates the need for a reaction from the domestic public and relevant international institutions.
In the field of anti-discrimination policy, monitored by Autonomous Women’s Center, all activities are also stalled. When it comes to gender equality and the position of women in Serbia, international bodies warn about a turn to traditional and patriarchal state policy. Despite the positive impact of the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence, there is a lack of serious support for long-term protection measures, including the system of criminal prosecution, as well as resources to provide general and specialized support services for victims of violence.
The Coalition prEugovor Report can be viewed and downloaded HERE.