Helsinki Bulletin, No. 26
OR ASYMMETRIC SERBIA?
A public debate on constitutional revision begun even before Serbia's
new 2006 Constitution was declared. Dissatisfied with the constitutional frame for
Vojvodina's autonomy, the province's autonomists mostly insisted on the issue. At the
Third Vojvodina Convention last December they once again emphasized the need for
constitutional amendment. Some speakers at the convention even said that autonomy was no
longer a frame that could satisfy citizens of Vojvodina. Inability of the ruling coalition
to reach a consensus on the draft Vojvodina statute....
VOJVODINA - CIVIL RIGHTS ENDANGERED
In the second half of 2008, the problems besetting the Autonomous
Province of Vojvodina, namely the continual undermining of its multiethnic potentials,
culminated in attacks on the province's Draft Statute. The document triggered yet another
wave of campaigning against the idea of decentralization, that is of Vojvodina's autonomy.
A petition against the Draft Statute introduced as part of the campaign was signed by 75
intellectuals and academicians. The year was marked by the Kosovo issue and by revivified
anti-Montenegrin and, especially, anti-Croatian propaganda. Given the political context,
the Draft Statute, whose...
CURRENT SITUATION, VIEWS ON THE SERBIAN POWER-STRUCTURE AND FUTURE
By Andras Beszterczey
This report aims to depict the general trends that have come to
characterise Vojvodina's Hungarians' place in Serbia in the last five years. The period
has seen the steadily dwindling group politically marginalised even as the nation moves
closer to what the EU would deem a suitable state-of-affairs. Most importantly, the influx
of refugees into Vojvodina from the wars in Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Kosovo have
had a wide-range of negative effects, leaving the Hungarians socially and culturally...