The European Grassroots Antiracist Movement – EGAM strongly condemn the physical attacks against the activists of its Member organization Youth Initiative for Human Rights – YIHR at the debate organized by the ruling Serbian Progressive Party on Tuesday in Beska, and call the government to act to stop the attacks against civil society in Serbia
Paris, Wednesday, January the 18th,
The activists rightly protested to prevent Veselin Sljivancanin, convicted for war crimes for aiding and abetting the torture of non-Serb prisoners from Vukovar on the Ovcara farm in Croatia in 1991, to speak with permissiveness.
EGAM sends its best thoughts and proud support to the great activists who fight for democracy, especially to the ones who have been injured.
Almost a decade after obtaining the EU Member Candidate status, Serbia is expected to respect the core values of democracy and the rule of law. Freedom of expression, respect to victims of war and genocide, protection for civil society to act,… are among these values.
The frequent attacks against civil society activists, these of yesterday being the last example of a series, show that, unfortunately, the Serbian State is falling short of its obligations.
The State, and the political parties, including that of PM Vucic, need to confront nationalism, not promote it. They need to give voice to the victims of war and genocide, not to the perpetrators who express no remorse.
Words are necessary but not enough. The formal condemnations will be believed only if they are followed by practical measures from the Government to protect human rights activists and to stop spreading nationalism and hatred.
President of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement – EGAM
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EGAM gathers the main antiracist & human rights organizations from more than 30 countries throughout Europe: http://www.egam.eu/members/.
A short presentation of EGAM: http://www.egam.eu/presentation/