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        • Serbia and Hungary: Hammering Democracy
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          • Autor: Marko Drajić
          • Serbia and Hungary: Hammering Democracy

          • Hungary is currently Serbia’s closest international partner. Bilateral relations between the two countries are no longer marred by any disputes and their political and economic interests increasingly coincide. The values underpinning the administrations of both countries have converged to ...

        • The Security Sector in a Captured State
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          • The Security Sector in a Captured State

          • Report on state capture in Serbia is BCSP genuine and pioneering work aiming to document and deconstruct ongoing process of state capture in the security sector through presentation of mechanisms, actors and consequences of this process.

        • The Security Sector in the State of Emergency: Testing Democracy
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          • Autor: Isidora Stakic, Jelena Pejic Nikic, Katarina Djokic, Marija Ignjatijevic, Sasa Djordjevic
          • The Security Sector in the State of Emergency: Testing Democracy

          • This analysis by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) concludes that during the 52 days it spent in a state of emergency, Serbia failed the test of democracy, thanks to a series of failings and irregularities in the conduct and control of the security sector.

        • The Masks Have Slipped: Serbia in a Geopolitical Pandemic
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          • Autor: Isidora Stakic, Maja Bjelos, Marko Drajić
          • The Masks Have Slipped: Serbia in a Geopolitical Pandemic

          • Masks have slipped and the interests of Serbia’s foreign policy were exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. These interests are not based on the principles of common goods, but on mechanism for preserving the existing internal order. This is one of the conclusions in the foreign policy analysis ...

        • Crime in the Western Balkans Six at the Time of Coronavirus: Early Findings
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          • Autor: Sasa Djordjevic
          • Crime in the Western Balkans Six at the Time of Coronavirus: Early Findings

          • Did organized crime groups continue with their activity at the time of Coronavirus, which trends in the criminal activities in the Western Balkans can be noticed in the first six weeks of the pandemic and which scenarios can be envisaged for the future, analyzed BCSP Researcher Sasa Djordjevic.

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          • Serbian Government is Implementing Unlawful Video Surveillance With Face Recognition in Belgrade

          • BCSP, SHARE Foundation and Partners for Democratic Change Serbia analysed the Impact assessment of video surveillance on human rights, conducted by the Ministry of Interior.

        • The Impact assessment of video surveillance on human rights, conducted by the Ministry of Interior did not meet the legal requirements; also, the installation of the system lacks basic transparency. Hence, the process should be suspended immediately and the authorities should engage in an inclusive public debate on the necessity, implications and conditionality of such a system.

           

          The installation of smart video surveillance in Belgrade, with thousands of cameras and face recognition software, has raised public concern. Hundreds of people have submitted FOI requests asking the Ministry of Interior (MoI) about said cameras, while public officials made contradictory statements and withheld crucial information. Consequently, civil society has sought to assess the introduction of new forms of video surveillance in public spaces.

           

          Three civil society organisations - SHARE Foundation, Partners for Democratic Change Serbia (Partners Serbia) and Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) - published a detailed analysis of the MoI’s Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) on the use of smart video surveillance and have reached a conclusion that the document does not meet the formal or material conditions required by the Law on Personal Data Protection in Serbia.

           

          The Commissioner on Personal Data Protection in Serbia published his  opinion on the DPIA, confirming the findings of the aforementioned organisations According to the Commissioner, the DPIA was not conducted in line with the requirements of the Personal Data Protection Law; it is not clear which surveillance system it refers to and what are the legal grounds thereof; it does not include a risk assessment regarding the rights and freedoms of data subjects, nor a comprehensive description of data protection measures.

           

          Find out more on the timeline of introduction of the smart video surveillance and findings of the analysis.

        • Tags: surveillance, Ministry of interior, personal data protection
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