#ProbudiREM (Wake up the REM) – More than 650 complaints filed against the Serbian Progressive Party video
On February 5th, the organisation CRTA launched the initiative #ProbudiREM (Wake up the REM) prompting all interested citizens to file complaints to the REM via an online form because TV Prva at 10:18 on February 3rd and TV Happy at 21:50 on February 4th broadcast the Serbian Progressive Party video displaying political contents.
Limited Freedoms in Serbia’s Democracy
Freedom House, an independent international organization, announced that the status of Serbia in 2018 changed from free to the partly free country. We are witnessing significant and rapid centralization of power in the hands of one branch of government – the executive, and closure of institutions before the interests of the public. Institutions in Serbia and mechanisms established to protect citizens and public interest actually serve to fulfill some other interests in society
Stable democracy needs independent institutions
Democracy should be understood as a movement, as one process, and not as a monolith. Anyone who tries to approach the ideal of the democratic system falls into frustration, because it is afraid that it will not be reached as such. A strong and stable democracy has many steps, because democracy is progress
The Assembly has not yet initiated the procedure of selection of the new Commissioner
The Committee for Culture and Information has not yet initiated the procedure of selection of the new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection and has not received any proposals for the selection of the Commissioner, was stated in the response issued by the National Assembly upon request submitted by YUCOM.
The Committee should speak up: Who is the candidate for the new Commissioner?
Several organisations have sent today a request to the competent Committee for Culture and Information urging them to respond whether the procedure of selection of the new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection was initiated and who the potential candidates are. They also insisted that the candidates’ biographies be publicly published.
Initiate without delay a transparent procedure of selection of the new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection
Civil society organisations devoted to realisation of the rule of law, democracy and civil rights urged yet again the competent Committee for Culture and Information of the Assembly to initiate as soon as possible the procedure of selection of the new Commissioner and publicly proposed well-defined criteria for selection of candidates.
Irregularities and pressures marked local elections in Lucani, electoral list of Aleksandar Vucic won majority of votes
The quality of the election process in Lucani was very poor, while the atmosphere on the election day was not in accordance with standards for free and fair elections due to identified cases of pressure on voters, the CRTA election observation mission assessed.
Voters turnout by 7pm in local elections in Lucani 67,7 percent
A total of 11.156 citizens (67.7 percent) registered in the voters list voted in local elections in Lucani by 7pm, the CRTA election observation mission stated.