• Despite starting formal EU membership negotiations, Serbia faces significant problems with its human rights record. The situation of ethnic minorities remains precarious, especially for Roma. Despite a cooperation agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina to facilitate the transfer of information and evidence of war crimes, and a notable conviction for the mass execution of Kosovo Albanian men in 1999, overall progress on war crimes accountability remains slow. The Belgrade Gay Pride was cancelled in 2013 for a third successive year. Journalists face a hostile environment, despite some progress in bringing perpetrators of attacks on journalists to justice. The asylum system remains weak and overburdened.

  • Feb 3, 2015
  • Jan 29, 2015
    Governments in the Western Balkans should step up their efforts to improve human rights protection to further their European integration, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. Human Rights Watch documented human rights concerns in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Serbia, Kosovo, and Croatia during 2014.