The Misdemeanour Court reached the verdict: the Minister Vulin got fined for denying information of public importance to the CRTA
According to the verdict pronounced by the Misdemeanour Court in Belgrade, the Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin got fined in his capacity of an accountable person in the Ministry of Defence – Military Intelligence Agency, which had not responded to the CRTA’s requests addressed in accordance with the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance.
The first “Week of the Public’s Right to Know” will begin on Monday September 24th and end on Friday September 28th, on the International Right to Know Day which is celebrated throughout the world. Within the campaign “Serbia in Quest for Information“ street actions entitled “If you want information of public importance, ask Santa” shall be organised in several cities (Prijepolje, Užice, Valjevo, Smederevo, Sombor) during the “Week of the Public’s Right to Know”. The aim of this initiative is to inform the citizens about this important right in an amusing manner.
Ordinary Belgrade elections were held in Serbia on March 4th 2018. CRTA observation mission monitored overall process of elections. This report presents detail findings and provide recommendations for improvement of the quality of electoral process.
Administrative Court: Public authorities should not have the possibility to initiate proceedings against decisions of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection
The Administrative Court addressed remarks and proposals regarding the Draft Amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance to the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, confirming the attitude of the group of civil society organisations which stated that the possibility for the authorities to conduct administrative proceedings against the binding, final and enforceable decisions of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection is not in accordance with the principle of legality.
The Government not to adopt legal solutions that prevent all citizens from the right to access information of public importance
Civil society organisations and media are prompting the Government of the Republic of Serbia to withdraw solutions foreseen in the Draft Amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance that reduce the achieved level of citizens’ rights. We wish to warn that the foreseen solutions endanger the insight into the work of public institutions that are financed by citizens’ money or that possess significant public resources and that they increase the right of authorities to avoid accountability for the issues regarding the management of public institutions.
Speech given by Vukosava Crnjanski, CRTA director, on the OSCE Democracy Defender award ceremony that took place at Schwedenhaus Wien on March 16th 2018
CRTA is recipient of the 2018 OSCE Democracy Defender Award. The Democracy Defender Award honours a person or group for exceptional contributions to the promotion of democracy and the defence of human rights.
The quality of election process on the Election Day was not in line with international standards for free and fair elections. Serious breaches of electoral procedures were recorded at eight percent of polling stations. In comparison with 2017 presidential and 2016 parliamentary elections, the percentage of recorded irregularities at polling stations is higher.
The quality of election process on the Election Day was not in line with international standards for free and fair elections. Serious breaches of electoral procedures were recorded at eight percent of polling stations, while occurances such as evidencing voters in parallel lists and bringing groups of voters to polling stations to cast a vote were recorded in front of seven percent of polling stations, the CRTA election observation mission stated.
Because politics is not just for politicians. It is our human and citizen right to participate in the processes of making decisions which influence our lives. A dialogue has no alternative.
Free and fair elections
Because elections are the pillars of democracy. It is every citizen’s right to decide on whom to give his/her vote in free and fair conditions. Our vote is valuable and it can make a difference.
Because institutions serve the citizens. We need strong institutions with integrity which protect the public interest.
Because media should ask questions and critically analyse the reality. We need the media which protect the public interest and tackle the needs of the citizens.