MACEDONIA GENERALLY RESPECTS HUMAN RIGHTS
The Macedonian government generally respects the human rights of its citizens, however police abuse of suspects and human trafficking continued to be a problem, says the State Department's report on human rights practices.
The annual report on human right practices, which covers 190 countries around the world, was released on Tuesday.
The report notes the allegations on police abuse of detainees and police harassment of ethnic minorities even though the authorities took the necessary steps to strengthen control on police.
The report says corruption and political pressure in the interior and justice ministries, the courts and the public prosecutor's office impeded the investigation of some human rights abuse allegations and the process of bringing the accused to trial.
The country continued to be a transit and destination country for victims of trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation and labor. Societal discrimination against ethnic minorities, particularly Roma, continued to be a problem.
Macedonia continued to be a transit and destination country for victims of trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation and labor.
Societal discrimination against ethnic minorities, particularly Roma, continued to be a problem.
There was a slight overall improvement in the human rights situation compared to the previous year, including improved internal controls and professionalism of security forces and a decrease in the prevalence of interethnic discrimination.
The government generally respects the freedom of speech and of the press even though there are allegations on threats against media not reporting in favor of the government, including a subtle pressure by the government.