Poll: Serbians unhappy about human rights

Serbians are for the most part dissatisfied by the degree of respect of human rights, says an internet poll by the Belgrade Center for Human Rights and UNDP.

Source: B92, Tanjug

On the basis of a questionnaire containing 18 questions which was posted on the website of B92 and which got around 3,000 responses so far, the Center drafted an analysis that end with a conclusion that reforms which Serbia had to carry out in certain areas of human rights on the basis of the recommendations can be qualified as unsuccessful.

This is "having in mind the large number of negative answers", its representatives said.

A high number of negative responses was recorded when it comes to the citizens' impressions about the efficiency of the fight against corruption (99 percent), and over 90 percent of interviewees believe that the government is not doing enough on promotion of human rights, while the opinions on religious freedoms are divided.

UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia William Infante told a news conference that 20,000 responses should be received by the end of the month.

This is an important step for Serbia because it will be one of the first countries which rank the respect of human rights in this way.

According to him, Serbia made certain progress in the protection of human rights over the past few years, but regardless of the fact that the sample is not representative, the responses to the questionnaire entitled 'Grade your rights' are relevant because of the predominant climate of opinion regarding certain points.

The poll on the B92 website is being conducted in reaction to the recommendations of the UN Council of Human Rights which will stage a meeting in February 2013 to revise the second Universal Periodic Review of Serbia.

Early anti-corruption results welcomed

UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia William Infante on Friday expressed satisfaction with the government's determination and early results in the fight against corruption.

Infante noted that zero tolerance was the only way to achieve results.

At a presentation of the results of a public opinion poll on corruption, Infante said it was great that the government had made the fight against a corruption a priority and promised full assistance in building systematic solutions.

According to Infante, a zero tolerance policy was necessary for success in fighting corruption, and as one of example of things that need to be done he mentioned the establishment of internal audits, in addition to the State Audit Institution.

Infante said that along with institutions, the citizens also needed to combat corruption and that everyone together needed to adopt a zero tolerance attitude.

He said the UN would offer all needed support and that competent officials from New South Wales in Australia, who have had fantastic results in the fight against corruption, would also assist Serbia.

Infante added that the UN wanted to see a high-level figure in charge of the fight against corruption in Serbia and that they were pleased it was First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić.


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