People in Belgrade, Serbia. Editorial credit: Bobica10 / Shutterstock.com

Serbia

The Republic of Serbia is a parliamentary democracy with competitive multiparty elections, but in recent years the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) has steadily eroded political rights and civil liberties, putting pressure on independent media, the political opposition, and civil society organizations. Despite these trends, the country has continued to move toward membership in the European Union (EU).

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — Serbia Country Report

Serbia is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.