Mr. Zoran Pašalić, the Protector of Citizens, continued a series of video conferences with his colleagues, this time with the Ombudsman for Human Rights of Bosnia and Herzegovina, prof. dr Ljubinko Mitrović and the Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms of Montenegro Mr. Siniša Bjeković. They discussed the protection of human rights and freedoms during coronavirus, and took the occasion to exchange opinions on the challenges they met in everyday work.
Mr. Pašalić said that Serbia had had no dilemma who to protect first in the coronavirus epidemic, population or economy, and he added that the measures put in place by the state were primarily concerned with citizens’ health protection.
Since the beginning of the health crisis, the activities of the Protector of Citizens focused on helping and admitting our citizens who were "stranded" at borders and airports around the world. Among other things, Mr. Pašalić accentuated that, the Ombudsmen of Slovenia and Croatia, states at the borders of which many our citizens had been stranded, provided great help in enabling them to reach our country in the safest way possible. Another activity that followed included visits to quarantines and provisional hospitals and monitoring the conditions for citizens’ accommodation. During that time, the Secretariat of the Protector of Citizens intensified its work and extended its working hours so that it worked seven days a week, from 8 am to 10 pm, in order to respond to all citizens' addresses.
The Protector of Citizens of the Republic of Serbia, the Ombudsman for Human rights of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms of Montenegro agreed that even the most restrictive measures could not replace the solidarity and developed awareness of citizens about the danger that threatened us.
They pointed out that this type of contact was the most effective and that it was the right way to solve, both systemic and individual, problems in this area.