Filed under: Development 2.0 Human rights and rule of law

Photos of faces, making up the words human rightsWe now have over 2,000 comments on Rate Your Rights, a new portal created to crowdsource citizen perspectives on Serbia’s achievements under the Universal Periodic Review.

Citizens were asked 18 questions, corresponding to the 18 recommendations related to human rights, which Serbia accepted and agreed to follow up on during the previous round of the Universal Periodic Review in 2008.

Here are some of the latest developments:

  • The non governmental organization (NGO) that we partnered with on this initiative – the Belgrade Center for Human Rights – extracted the most substantive comments and shared them with other NGOs, resulting in a total of six NGO reports submitted to the Human Rights Council. The NGOs used the crowd-sourced material in their analyses, while one actually quoted the report of the Belgrade Center for Human Rights.
  • I am pleased to say that the web portal has raised awareness about the Universal Periodic Review in Serbia, thanks to the B92 news agency that hosts the portal, and is one of the most visited web sites in Serbia.
  • The Belgrade Center for Human Rights will present their analysis of the comments from citizens to the newly established Government of Serbia, which will report on its progress to the Human Rights Council.
  • In addition to the Rate Your Rights portal, UNDP supported a round of NGO consultations, where they discussed the most pertinent human rights topics in the country, and were given guidance on how to submit their reports to the Human Rights Council.

Stay tuned, as we dive into the comments and analysis, and we’ll let you know what citizens in Serbia are saying about human rights in their country.

  • What a nice initiative, Jelena! I liked the web-site and the blog. That’s a great way to find out the citizens’ perspectives on the country’s achievements!