- Posted May 29, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
GORAN MILETIC - HUMAN RIGHTS IN SERBIA
Of course we are on path or reforms and joining EU, but the question is how fast we are conducting reform. Comparing to other countries in the Eastern Europe, we are too slow with constant wish of the government to adopt some "transitional law" but without substantial changes in practice. For example, we waited Law against discrimination for 8 years and once when it is adopted, it was never fully implemented. Reform of judiciary is never-ending, while fight against corruption is rather wish than reality. Moreover, Serbian have much more things to do than some other countries i.e. dealing with the recent past, Kosovo issue etc.
2. Your view - what's the greatest problem of NGOs in Serbia?
I think that one part of NGOs are tired of being critical toward government and they now accept so-called "cooperation with the government" that is going to far into open support to the government. However, in society like Serbia, the crucial job of NGOs must be independent monitoring and advocacy. Some NGOs are exclude from the critique duty holders that are openly support human rights violations of the different vulnerable groups such as Roma and LGBT.
3. What the future holds for NGOs?
There will be no big difference between civil society here and Croatia for example. Some NGOs will become more pro-governmental and some will remain really independent.
4. How does USA sees current NGO issues in Serbia?
I think that USA did a lot when it comes to support to the LGBT community in Serbia in past few years. That is a big positive change. Also, some other human rights issues received more attention and that is also positive. However, USA must more openly and actively support local human rights organizations that are dealing with war crimes (such as Humanitarian Law Centre), having in mind that work of domestic Prosecutor and Chamber for War Crimes Trials is not good anymore.
5. Your future plans - active politics or active public work?
Only active public work as a human rights defenders within Civil Rights Defenders.