"Human rights during the state of emergency" survey - Overview of results

19 / may / 2020.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 19 May 2020 - Human rights and fundamental freedoms have been guaranteed by the Constitution and series of ratified international human rights treaties. Derogation could take place during the state of emergency and may be justified by reasons of public danger that endangers the survival of the state or of its citizens. To cross the line between (justified) derogation and the misuse or abuse is not allowed, but this may happen nevertheless.

The state of emergency was introduced on 15 March and was abolished on 6 May 2020. Our goal was to examine, to analyze and to document the citizens perceptions of the state of human rights during this period.

The Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms During the State of Emergency survey was a joint effort of our activists and the Bureau for Social Research (BIRODI). The survey was designed and developed in mid April and it was conducted from 22 April to 2 May, using the online research tool Tvoj stav (Your opinion).

Overview of results is based on feedback received from 664 individuals from the Republic of Serbia that took part in the online survey between 22 April and 2 May.

Total number of respondents that completed the survey (from 688 unique IP addresses) is 701.

You can download the document in Serbian here. English version will be available soon.

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Serbia: How does (if it does) the general public learn from institutions about war crimes from the recent wartime past and about related war crimes trials

01 / october / 2016.

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Belgrade, 1 October 2016 - Denying of war crimes, glorifying of defendants and disrespect for victims other than Serbian, persist in Serbia ever since the (open) hostilities ended on the territory of the former SFR Yugoslavia. Such atmosphere usually generates (serious) consequences upon anyone who might dare to challenge or to oppose the official narrative on the recent wartime past.
With awareness of such circumstances, a pilot research was conducted on (if and) how the public in Serbia in 2016 learns from its institutions about war crimes from the recent wartime past and about related trials, and (if and) in what manner the institutions communicate such information to the public.
The research went beyond declarative political commitments to regional stability and peace, and examined if tangible evidence are there that make such statements truthful.
The focus was on the following:
- The public media broadcaster in Serbia informs the public about the recent wartime past, of war crimes victims and of responsible for war crimes - does it? And how?
- Do the institutions of executive power in Serbia communicate to the public the information on the recent wartime past, on victims of war crimes and on responsible for war crimes?
- Do the institutions such as museums, archives, libraries (financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia) inform the public on the recent wartime past? And how?
- Did the educational institutions (financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia) include the information on the recent wartime past in their curricula?
                        1) Faculties that teach law
                        2) Faculties that teach political sciences
                        3) Institutions that teach future members of military and police forces
- Does the judiciary make information on war crimes trials available to the public? If yes, are they available in an easy, understandable, non-bureaucratic manner?
The research was initiated in March 2016. It was completed in September 2016. The plan is to expand it and to repeat it in 2021.

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