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Monday, 25. October 2021.

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Organizations of civil society fiercely condemn the call for lynching Women in Black by Radomir Počuča, spokesperson for the Serbian anti-terrorist unit of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia.

Women in Black commemorated the Day of Compassion for all the victims of NATO bombing of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, but also reminded the public of the crimes that Serbian forces of security had committed before and during the bombing.

This is only one in the series of attacks to which the Women in Black were exposed. We also remind you of the event when they were physically assaulted three years ago, and their offices demolished. The offenders remained unknown to this day to the public and to the authorities.

It is especially disturbing that the person who called for the lynching is a representative of the official authority of Ministry if Internal Affairs of Serbia, whose primary purpose is the protection and safety of all the citizens on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, and that the official authority whose representative is Počuča has not yet given a public statement concerning this event.

 

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Organizations of civil society support bringing criminal charges against the offender by the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM. The charges will be brought today.

We call upon everybody interested in true democratization end Europeanization of Serbia, especially upon the International Organization to pay special attention to the fact that we have been pointing out for years, and that is the lack of reform in the sector of public safety and instead establishing the party control over it.

The football supporters associations, which are in fact paramilitary formations, are used in conflicts with political opponents and with those who don’t share the same values as the government. Under the pretext of a possible retaliation from these groups, the government forbids organizing assemblies concerning human rights like the Pride Parade, which is very similar to the manner of the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, in dealing with his opponents. This proves our claims that Serbia is in a late phase of Putinization.

Unfortunately this grave incident caused by the representative of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia, confirms all claims about the state of human rights in Serbia which were made by the public advocate, ombudsman, Saša Janković in his regular annual report.

We call upon all organizations of civil society and all citizens to support this Statement and send their support to the following e-mails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women Space joins the statement and the support to Women in Black. We invite other organizations and individuals to do the same.

 

 

 

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