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 those 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 those 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.

Download the pilot research here.

The Alternative Report on the Implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy has been published

30 / january / 2016.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 30 January 2016 - The 2015 Alternative Report on the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2013-2018 and the National Action Plan, has been published. 

The overall goal of the project was to assess the fulfillment of the planned activities in accordance with the purpose for which they were adopted, more precisely to make an assessment of the compliance of the implementation of measures with the purpose of the Strategy.
The observations in the Report were made on the basis of analysis of collected data on events, measures and activities in the following chapters of the Strategy - Political Activities, Judiciary, Spatial Planning and Construction, Health, Education and Sport and Media, which were undertaken within 27 months from the adoption of the Action Plan and which had the impact on achieving goals envisaged in the Strategy and its Action Plan.
This Report also contains chapters on specific topics - particular circumstances or events of particular importance for (non)suppression of corruption in the Republic of Serbia: 1) the Belgrade Waterfront project - Case study and 2) (Non)adoption of spatial plans as a result of influence trading and abuse of the public authority - A case study.
The team that contributed to the Report is as follows: Dejan Milenkovic, PhD (chapter Political Activities), Jelena Stevancevic (chapter Judiciary), prof. Ksenija Petovar PhD (chapter Spatial Planning and  Construction), Ksenija Radovanovic M. Arch. (Belgrade Waterfront project case study), Marina Mijatovic (chapter Health), Mihajlo Babin PhD (chapter Education), Milos Stojkovic (chapter Media), Andjelka Markovic, Slobodan Georgiev and Aleksandar Milijasevic (chapter Sport), Marko Ilic, Borjanka Majdevac and Jelena Golubovic. The editor of the Report is Andjelka Markovic.

The joint team of the Law Scanner and of Three Points produced this Report in the framework of a project supported by the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Serbia, with financial support of the The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Download the Report here. Download the summary of the findings of the Report in English here

Discussion on human rights with young social democrats in FYR Macedonia

05 / july / 2015.

Tri tacke Ohrid, 5 July 2015 - A summer camp for young social democrats took place in Ohrid, from 2 - 5 July 2015. The camp was organised by the Institute for Social Democracy Progres from Macedonia and the Social Democratic Youth of Macedonia, with the support of the Foundation Max van der Stoel. 
The event brought together around 90 young people from all over the country. Voislav Stojanovski, on behalf of the Macedonian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and Andjelka Markovic on behalf of NGO Three Points from Belgrade, discussed human rights and fundamental freedoms situation in Serbia and in FYR Macedonia with members of the SDSM youth group. The implementation of the legal framework on human rights and its challenges were also mentioned, along with the problems of corruption and challenges in fighting corruption.
The program of the summer camp included a number of educational presentations, interactive workshops and twork in hematic groups. Participants also received public relations training and training on political campaigns. The aim of this activity was to increase the individual capacities (skills and knowledge) of young social democrats.

Read more on this activity here and here

How to stop corruption in employment process in the public sector?

30 / march / 2015.

Tri tacke Belgrade, 30 March 2015 - A round table was held to announce the employment process transparency increase project, implemented by CESID, BIRN and PALGO Center.
On this occasion, CESID experts announced the launch of the platform
Jelena Jerinic PhD from the Faculty of Law at Union University presented an analysis of the legal and institutional framework related to employment in the public sector.
Activist Andjelka Markovic listed several examples of complaints about corruption in the employment and recruiting processes in the public sector that citizens often raise, pointing out the lack of support for people who speak up about corruption at their workplaces.
The overall objective of this project is to support the fight against corruption and the EU integration process in Serbia, by strengthening democratic values ​​and the rule of law by promoting greater transparency, openness and accountability of the public sector in the employment process.

"The Self-Assessment Report of Public Authorities in the Republic of Serbia - Integrity Plans" has been published

15 / march / 2014.

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Belgrade, 15 March 2014 - The Report on the self-assessment of integrity of public authorities in the Republic of Serbia has been published.
One of the goals of this Report was to identify as precise as possible the most corruption-sensitive spots in public institutions/ authorities - more precisely to provide answers to questions such as what risks of corruption are there, what is the frequency of the risk estimated within the system and to what exactly the identified risks are attached to.
The content of the report is dominated by the interpretation of statistically processed data from the integrity plans that public authorities have previously submitted to the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Serbia.
It contains an overview and analysis of facts related to the frequency of risks of corruption and of other irregularities in the functioning of institutions that were classified into 14 systems: 1) the political system, 2) the system of judiciary, 3) the system of police, 4) the system of local self-government, 5) system of defense, 6) system of public finances and economy, 7) system of agriculture, 8) social policy system, 9) health system, 10) education and science system, 11) system of sport and culture 12) system of environment and of spatial planning 13) system of data protection, human rights and public interest, and 14) system of public enterprises.
The report was published by the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Serbia within the  project of the OSCE Mission to Serbia project, and with the financial support of USAID. The Three Points activist, Andjelka Markovic co-authored the Report.
The Report (in Serbian) is available here.

Against Human Trafficking web portal will soon be online

01 / december / 2013.

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Belgrade, 1 December 2013 - The regional web portal Against Human Trafficking is being remodeled and the website will be relaunched soon.
Our idea is to provide platform for human trafficking problem related information from different sources at one place. The general public will thus be provided with a comprehensive insight to situation on national level, as well as with an overview of the situation in the region.
By simplifying the information and making the content available in local languages, our intention is to make relevant information easy to understand, thus bringing them closer to the general public and to potential victims of human trafficking as well.  
With this online tool it will be easy to quickly inform the general public in Western Balkan communities on the phenomenon of human trafficking as well as on precautionary measures.  Additionally, it will make monitoring and evaluation of  anti-trafficking policies in the region much easier - successes will become more visible, as well as shortcomings that need to be addressed. The portal and its content will thus potentially have a preventive role, but will also perform as an effective and easy-to-use tool for various advocacy initiatives.
The intention is to cover most of the Western Balkans area with research and reports.
Fundraising for final phase of construction, as well as for promotion of Against Human Trafficking is underway. 



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