The government continues its attack on rule of law and democratic institutions. It replaced a previous Covid-19-related state of danger with a state of danger due to the war in Ukraine, giving the government extraordinary powers to rule by decree and sidestep parliamentary process. Independent journalists, media outlets, and civil society organizations are vilified by high-ranking public officials and in pro-government outlets in a distorted media environment. Discrimination persists against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, women and Roma. Unlawful pushbacks of migrants and asylum seekers to Serbia continued and access to asylum procedures is close to impossible.

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