• 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 18, 2014
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Governments in the Western Balkans did little during 2013 to address longstanding human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.
  • Nov 4, 2013
    When I was growing up in Greece, my grandparents often told me that if I didn’t eat my food, they would call the Gypsies to take me away. Sadly, the old myths about Roma snatching babies were revived after police took a little blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl named Maria into custody in a Roma settlement in Farsala, central Greece, on October 16.
  • Sep 28, 2013
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  • Jul 9, 2013
    By most measures, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia is the gold standard for international justice.
  • Apr 22, 2013
    The April 19 agreement between Serbia and Kosovo offers a landmark opportunity to improve human rights protection in both countries.
  • Apr 10, 2013

    A public debate at the UN on April 10 will serve up a revisionist denial of the worst killings in Europe since the end of World War II: the ethnic slaughter in the former Yugoslavia that horrified the world in the 1990s. While the session's ostensible purpose is to take "a closer look at the long-term impact of international criminal justice, in particular as it relates to reconciliation..." it is unlikely much thoughtful discussion will occur. 

  • Jan 31, 2013
    Human rights protection in the Western Balkans fails to match the region’s aspirations for European integration, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. Human Rights Watch documented human rights concerns in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and Kosovo during 2012.
  • Oct 29, 2012
    United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton should emphasize the importance of improving human rights records in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Serbia and Kosovo during their Western Balkan tour.