There was little improvement in human rights protection in Serbia in 2019, according to the latest report by the Human Rights Watch non-government organization released late on Jan. 14.
The organization also reported that the position of journalists remained precarious, with attacks and threats for reporting on sensitive issues. “Serbian journalists continued to face attacks and threats. Pro-government media outlets frequently smear independent outlets and journalists describing them as ‘traitors’ and ‘foreign mercenaries.’ Media plurality was compromised by majority of media being aligned with the ruling party,” the report further says.
Where war crimes trials in Serbia are concerned, the report described them as “slow” and lacking “necessary political support,” while the asylum system remained “flawed,” with “low recognition rates.”
The section dealing with the condition of human rights in Kosovo says progress towards accountability for serious war crimes committed during the 1998-1999 war was slow during the previous year. The report also says that journalists in Kosovo faced threats and intimidation.
The HRW World Report is an annual survey on the condition of human rights worldwide, with the latest one covering the period from the end of 2018 until November 2019. It deals with over 100 countries and territories.