CIVICUS has downgraded Serbia’s civic space rating from Narrowed to Obstructed. The decision was taken following a thorough assessment of the state of civic freedoms in the country as protected by international law. The downgrade follows CIVICUS regular monitoring of the situation with its members and partners, after the government has taken a number of steps to restrict the work of independent journalists and civil society groups.
About that what this downgrade means for Serbia, as well as about the challenges with which the country is faced, on 15 October Gradjanske Inicijative, together with Civicus, BCSDN, as well as representatives from the local CSOs organized a conference on media: A drastic Deterioration of the Human Rights Situation in Serbia Has Been Recognized: CIVICUS Monitor Report: Serbia Falls into the Category of Countries Where Fundamental Freedoms are Obstructed. Anja Bosilkova Antovska, BCSDN’s Policy and Advocacy Officer on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development discussed about the regional context of the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development. Read more about the agenda of the event in local language here.