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An increasingly repressive government and the Covid-19 pandemic have created conditions for human rights violations in Serbia. The Serbian government has been known to control the police and the judiciary, further weakening the rule of law and respect for civil and political rights, and increasing

corruption. Serbia has a poor record in protecting the human rights of detainees, unsanitary conditions within detention centres, violations of the non-refoulement principle, ill-treatment of asylum seekers and attacks against human rights defenders and journalists. In 2020, there were reports of an increase in the excessive use of force during peaceful demonstrations against pandemic-related restrictions.

Still many State officials and military personnel responsible for war crimes in the 1990s have not been tried in court or convicted. Despite existing legislation to provide reparations to the victims of war crimes, due to the inadequate legal framework and the lack of accountability, only a fraction of the survivors has obtained some form of reparations.

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