Centre for Development of Civil Society (CDCS), on the occasion of the World Day of Social Justice, finds it necessary to alert the public to the following:
According to the provisions of Article 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, the state is based on the rule of law and social justice.
In the Republic, there is no rule of law or social justice. These two phenomena are related.
Numerous successive reports of the European Commission on the progress of Serbia testify to the absence of separation of powers into three branches. This deprives citizens of legal protection.
Citizens who do not have adequate legal protection are faced with growing poverty, and millions of them with real misery.
The state has robbed a seven-digit number of pensioners of payments they have been putting into the pension fund for decades.
Unemployment is huge. The only secure employment is in the public sector. The requirement for employment, in a large number of cases, is the membership in one of the political parties that are at the particular time in power.
This way, the unemployed people, and especially young unemployed people, are deprived of the freedom of political choice and their right to freedom of opinion and freedom of conscience is significantly undermined. Partocratic relation to employment leads to the formation of parallel social strata at every level of the social hierarchy. Employees in the public sector, in terms of safety of employment and level of income tend to have a disproportionate advantage over their counterparts from parallel social groups in the private sector.
The situation reminds of the social structure of Serbia from the nineteenth century, when the economy was completely undeveloped, and when the state employment constituted almost the only channel of social mobility. This situation contributes to the cultural decline and Barbarisation of society, and the weakness of civil society because of the dominance of partocratic public sector contributes to the development of orchestrated chauvinism and hinders reconciliation with the neighbours and regional cooperation.
The current partocracy seeks to deceive the citizens of the so-called fight against corruption and crime. In three years the fight against corruption, none of the suspects or the accused grafters have received the first degree sentence. The alleged fight against corruption is common media hype. Its function is diverting public attention from the growing social differences and, in particular, of increasingly severe poverty pressure on members of particularly vulnerable groups.
Political elections are elections without choice. None of the parliamentary political parties has a content specific program, not any of the parliamentary political parties are addressing the specific groups of voters or their interests. All are in service of partocracy, with different names: SNS, DS, SPS, and others. There is no system possibility for an effective political option to appear which would advocate for social justice.
There are members of vulnerable groups, deprived in social, biological and racial sense, the elderly, the disabled and the Roma, who today in Serbia mostly live a life unworthy of man.
CDCS warns the public that the explosion of social bombs can be delayed, but that this situation cannot be tolerated not even for a day.