BELGRADE – The state of citizen rights in Serbia in 2015 was marked by economic difficulties affecting a large part of the population and a lack of legal certainty, Deputy Ombudsman Milos Jankovic told the parliamentary committee on the judiciary.

Presenting the ombudsman’s 2015 annual report, he said the ombudsman had received 6,231 complaints – 20 pct more than in 2014.

He said 1,669 proceedings had been launched and 1,447 recommendations issued, with 951 implemented.

The ombudsman submitted 15 initiatives, while, encouragingly, the number of complaints filed with the European Court of Human Rights decreased, he said.

The most vulnerable parts of the population were the extremely poor, children and young people, the disabled, the elderly, refugees and other migrants, IDPs, ethnic minorities, people deprived of freedom, the seriously ill and violence victims.