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.
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.
In November 2001, the Serbian State Security Service’s Special Operations Unit staged a mutiny and set up roadblocks. The failure to punish the instigators of the armed revolt would have deadly consequences for the country’s prime minister.
A Serbian human rights NGO filed a lawsuit against the Interior Ministry after it banned activists from holding a gathering to erase a mural of Bosnian Serb war criminal Ratko Mladic from a wall in Belgrade.
A fresh postponement in the trial of 11 Yugoslav Army soldiers accused of committing crimes against civilians during the Kosovo war means that there has been no hearing in the case since November 2019.