OUR INITIATIVES

Civil society and media will not give up the fight for a democratic and free Serbia

The media and civil society organizations demand from the Ministry of Finance and the Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering to immediately present the grounds for suspicion due to which they ordered the extraordinary collection of information about organizations, media, and individuals from the commercial banks. The article of the law, referred to by the director of the Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering, states that such inspection should be performed exclusively for organizations for which there are grounds for suspicion of their involvement in the financing of terrorism. Since the list includes numerous organizations and individuals dealing with investigative journalism, protection of human rights, transparency, film production, development of democracy, rule of law and philanthropy, the conclusion is that this is a political abuse of institutions and a dangerous attempt to further collapse the rule of law in Serbia.

The abuse of legal mechanisms and institutions to unlawfully put pressure on the media and civil society organizations is a drastic attack on freedom of association and freedom of information. For years, the government in Serbia has been facing serious criticism from both international and domestic organizations regarding the threat to these two important freedoms. Such an attack on organizations that advocate for establishing Serbia as a state governed by the rule of law with respect for the law and a genuine fight against corruption, is an additional argument that these values are seriously endangered in Serbia. Organizations, media and citizens will not give up the fight for a free and democratic state, regardless of threats and pressures. Such and similar moves by the authorities only further motivate us as citizens to persevere in the defense of our own country.

The media and organizations will take all appropriate legal actions against those involved in this abuse, including the prosecution of those responsible, but above all they will insist on complete and clear answers on how this could have happened. We remind the public that the organizations and media from the list are subject to various types of regular state control, including inspections and rigorous checks of financial operations by the Tax Administration and the National Bank of Serbia, as well as by their own donors. Any legal inspection of the work of organizations is welcome and we will always support it. On the other hand, we will fiercely oppose the abuse of institutions and procedures, because that is our mission – the fight for a democratic and legal state.

Signatories:

  1. A1 Novi Pazar
  2. Academy of Women’s Leadership
  3. Aida Corovic, HUman rights activist
  4. Alliance of Antifascists of Vojvodina
  5. Alternative Girls’ Center
  6. Dr Srećko Djukić, Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia (FMO)
  7. Andja Jocic
  8. Anja Andjusic, FM
  9. AS – Center for Empowerment of Young People Living with HIV and AIDS
  10. Association “Naš svet, naša pravila”
  11. Association “Kutija”, Nis
  12. Association Fenomena
  13. Association for Consumer Protection “Prosperity” – Novi Sad
  14. Association for the help of mentally challenged people “Pearl“ of the municipality of Srbobran
  15. Association iRevolution Valjevo
  16. Association Lužnica- my house Babušnica
  17. Association of Citizens “NE-BO”, Negotin
  18. Association of Independent Electronic Media – ANEM
  19. Association of parents and children Brodić Parkić
  20. Association Stara planina Pirot
  21. Association Voice of Citizens of Šumadija, Kragujevac
  22. Associations Film Club Prokuplje
  23. ASTRA – Anti Trafficking Action
  24. Autonomous Women’s Center
  25. B92 Fund
  26. Balkan Civil Society Develepoment Network
  27. BalkanIDEA Novi Sad
  28. Becej Youth Association
  29. BeFem
  30. Belgrade Center for Human Rights
  31. Belgrade Center for Security Policy
  32. Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence
  33. Belgrade Open School
  34. Belgrade Pride
  35. Beta News agency
  36. Biber team
  37. Biljana Stepanović
  38. BIRN
  39. BIRODI
  40. Boom93
  41. Borivoj Stajić
  42. Branko Vuckovic, a journalist from Kragujevac
  43. Business Association of Local and Independent Media Association “Lokal Press”
  44. Business Info Group
  45. CANVAS
  46. Catalyst Balkans Foundation
  47. Center E8
  48. Center for Applied Psychology
  49. Center for Contemporary Politics
  50. Center for Democracy and Development of Southern Serbia
  51. Center for Democracy Foundation
  52. Center for Development of Serbia
  53. Center for Independent Living of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia
  54. Center for Local Media Development
  55. Center for moms, Belgrade
  56. Center for Monitoring & Activism – CEMA
  57. Center for Nonviolent Action
  58. Center for Policy Research
  59. Center for Policy Research Argument
  60. Center for Protection, Education and Empowerment of Refugees Info Park
  61. Center for Regionalism Novi Sad
  62. Center for Social Dialogue and Regional Initiatives – CDDRI
  63. Center for Social Policy, Belgrade
  64. Center for the Advancement of Society
  65. Center for the Rule of Law
  66. Center for Women’s Studies
  67. Centre Living Upright
  68. Centre of Modern Skills
  69. CeSID
  70. Chil Rights Centre
  71. CINS
  72. Citizens Association for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and All Forms of Gender-Based Violence (ATINA)
  73. Citizens’ Association Institute for Corruption Research, Pancevo
  74. Citizens’ Association AIM Center
  75. City radio
  76. Civic attitude
  77. Civic Council of the City of Kraljevo
  78. Civic Initiatives
  79. Civil action Pancevo
  80. Civil Rights Defenders
  81. CK13
  82. Coalition for Solidarity Economy Development
  83. Coalition for Sustainable Development – CSD, Skopje
  84. Coalition PreUgovor
  85. Conceptual Policy Group, Novi Sad
  86. Consultations for lesbians
  87. Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development, Albania
  88. CRTA
  89. Da se zna!
  90. Daca Jović, activist
  91. Daily Danas
  92. Dajana Đedović, Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia (FzK)
  93. Dijalog.net Valjevo
  94. Djordje Popović, FMO
  95. Don’t let Belgrade d(r)own
  96. Dr Aleksandra Bosnić Đurić, cultural scientist
  97. Dr Ljubomir Jacic
  98. Dr Milorad Đurić, political scientist
  99. Dr Sonja Avlijaš, FzK
  100. Dragan Srećković
  101. Drug Policy Network in South East Europe
  102. Duga Association
  103. Duško Radosavljević
  104. Ecogenesis Association
  105. Educational Center Krusevac
  106. Environment Engineering group
  107. Eurocontact, Krusevac
  108. European Movement in Serbia
  109. European Movement in Serbia Leskovac
  110. European Movement Valjevo (Slavica and Vladimir Pantić)
  111. European Policy Centre
  112. FemPlatz
  113. Forca Požega
  114. Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac
  115. Foundation for Freedom of the Press – Senta
  116. Foundation Pons Nis
  117. Giancarlo Cotella, Associate professor at Politecnico di Torino
  118. Goran Cetinic, FMO member
  119. Green Network of Vojvodina
  120. Heart Center, Novi Sad
  121. Heartefact Fund
  122. Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
  123. Human Rights Committee Negotin
  124. Human Rights Committee Nis
  125. Human Rights Committee Valjevo
  126. Humanitarian Center Mitrovica
  127. Humanitarian Law Center
  128. Igor Mihaljević, journalist
  129. Impulse – Tutin
  130. Independent Association of Journalists of Vojvodina
  131. Independent cultural scene of Serbia – NKSS
  132. Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS)
  133. Informal association “Za naš kej”, Belgrade
  134. InfoVranjske
  135. Initiative A11
  136. Initiative for Požega
  137. Institute for European Affairs
  138. Integrity Center, Nis
  139. InTER
  140. Internet portal “Media box”, Nis
  141. ISAC Fund
  142. Ivan Medenica, FzK
  143. Ivan Ninić
  144. Ivana Jovanović, European Youth Movement Forum in Serbia (FM)
  145. Iz kruga – Vojvodina
  146. Izađi group
  147. Jasmina Borojevic
  148. Jedi movement, Nis
  149. Jelena Erdeljan FzK
  150. Jelena Šantić Foundation
  151. Južne vesti
  152. KC Grad, Belgrade
  153. Kolubara District Women’s Association
  154. Kolubarske.rs
  155. Kragujevac newspapers
  156. Kreni-Promeni Association
  157. KRIK
  158. Libek
  159. Link plus
  160. Loznica Pact
  161. Majdanpek Resource Center
  162. Media and Reform Center Nis
  163. Media Association
  164. Mental Disability Rights Initiative of Serbia (MDRI-Serbia
  165. Mesečina Foundation, Subotica
  166. Milan Antonijevic
  167. Milena Dragicevic Sesic (FzK)
  168. Milena Stefanovic European Fund for the Balkans
  169. Milivoj Bešlin, FMO
  170. MillenniuM
  171. National Coalition for Decentralization
  172. National Convention on the European Union
  173. National Youth Council of Serbia
  174. Nedim Sejdinović, journalist
  175. Nenad Šebek, Media and CSO Consultant
  176. Network of Human Rights Committees in Serbia CHRIS
  177. Network of the European Movement in Serbia
  178. New Economy
  179. New Media Center kuda.org, Novi Sad
  180. New optimism
  181. New Social Initiative – NSI
  182. New Solidarity Network
  183. Newspaper “Grad”, Kruševac
  184. NGO Aktiv
  185. NGO Center for the Development of Liberalism
  186. NON-ALIGNED FILMS
  187. Non-Smoking Educational Center Association _ RP
  188. Novi Sad Humanitarian Center
  189. Novi Sad Open Club
  190. Novi Sad School of Journalism
  191. Obrenovac Youth Foundation
  192. Online Media Association
  193. Open Society Foundation
  194. Optimist, Bosilegrad
  195. Organization for Respect and Care of Animals – ORCA
  196. Partners Serbia
  197. PATOS, Smederevo
  198. People’s Parliament Leskovac
  199. Peščanik
  200. PG Network
  201. ‘Podrinske” Šabac
  202. Podrinje Anti-Corruption Team Pact
  203. Policy Center
  204. Portal Kruševacgrad
  205. Portal SEEcult.org
  206. Praxis
  207. Proaktiv
  208. Dr. Vojin Rakic
  209. Propulsion Fund
  210. Protecta
  211. Radio Sto Plus Novi Pazar
  212. Radio Zlatousti
  213. Ravangrad Citizens’ Association
  214. Reconstruction Women’s Fund
  215. Reflektor theater (Spotlight theater)
  216. Regional Information Agency JUGpress
  217. Re-Kraft
  218. Remark DPCM
  219. RERI
  220. Res Publica Kragujevac
  221. Roma Center Kragujevac
  222. Roma World, Nis
  223. Romani Cikna
  224. Sandzak Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms
  225. Sanja Ivačić, FMO
  226. SF-SN!
  227. Slavica Milojevic
  228. Slavica Ranisavljev Kovacev, Novi Sad
  229. Slavica Stojanović
  230. Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation
  231. Slobodan Georgiev
  232. Smart collective
  233. Society for Adult Education
  234. Soinfo.org
  235. SOS Women’s Center Novi Sad
  236. Strahinja Brajušković, Senior consultant and member of the Working group of NCEU for Chapter 23
  237. Streets for cyclists, Belgrade
  238. Students for Liberty – Serbia
  239. Tamara Spasojevic
  240. The Lawyers’ Committee For Human Rights (YUCOM)
  241. The movement of the citizens of Novi Sad
  242. Tijana Jurić Foundation
  243. Timok Youth Center – TOC, Zajecar
  244. Trag Foundation
  245. Transparency Serbia
  246. UG Center for Civil Values from Subotica
  247. United Trade Unions of Serbia Sloga
  248. Urban In – Novi Pazar
  249. USOP – Union of Organizations of Serbia dealing with the protection of people living with HIV and AIDS
  250. Uzice Center for Children’s Rights
  251. Uzice Center for Democracy and Human Rights
  252. Vega Youth Center
  253. Vesna Perić
  254. Victimology Society of Serbia
  255. Vladan Jovanović – independent regional consultant in the field of social protection, children’s rights, human and minority rights
  256. Vojvodina Civic Center
  257. Vojvodina recommended
  258. Vranje Development and Integration Team
  259. Vukašin Obradović
  260. Women for Peace Leskovac
  261. Women in Black
  262. Women’s Association Peščanik Kruševac
  263. Young researchers of Serbia
  264. Youth Empowerment Club 018
  265. Youth Initiative for Human Rights
  266. Zajecar Initiative
  267. Zvezda Center, Belgrade