Serbia beat off competition from around Central and Eastern Europe to host the first Chinese tyre factory in Europe, but evidence obtained by NGOs and BIRN point to ‘systematic exploitation’ – potentially human trafficking – of hundreds of Vietnamese men hired to build it. Serbian authorities say they see nothing wrong.
A banner condemning Ratko Mladic as a war criminal was torn down from a building in the Serbian city of Novi Sad, as a dispute continued to simmer over murals glorifying the Bosnian Serb military chief as a hero.
Serbian NGOs claim they have been denied access to workers from Vietnam who were brought to the country to build a factory for a Chinese company and are allegedly labouring and living in grim conditions.
Guarded by young men in hoodies, a mural in Belgrade glorifying war criminal Ratko Mladic is cleaned up every time it is defaced – and no one in authority seems to have the will or courage to remove it.
A bitter dispute over a mural in Belgrade glorifying Ratko Mladic, which activists have repeatedly tried to destroy, has highlighted how graffiti and street-art tributes to the Bosnian Serb war criminal remain a widespread problem in Serbia.