2018 Anual Report of the Helsinki Comittee of human rights
Despite the positive shifts, political events prevailed over the reform process once again in 2018. The failed referendum, which succeeded the signing of the Prespa Agreement and the efforts towards creating a majority that would support its adoption by the Assembly, resulted with the controversial Law on Pardons concerning the participants in the Bloody Thursday.
Politics interfering in the judiciary crudely violated the principles of equality before the law and the rule of law. Institutions failed to prevent the escape of the former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski from the country, with no responsibility whatsoever assumed by anyone regarding the case.