The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
hosted the round table “Resistance to Extremism” in Belgrade’s “Aero
Club.” Chairman of the Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality
Committee Meho Omerovic, commissioner for the Protection of Equality
Nevena Petrusic, ISC Chief of Party Bogdan Gavanski and Chairwoman
of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia Sonja Biserko
delivered opening speeches and welcomed the participants.
The round table discussed the legislation and
practice in countering violence, hate speech and hate crimes, women
rights vs. ideology of right-wing extremist organizations, the
relationship between rightist organizations and the Serb Orthodox
Church and usual targets and motives of right-wing violence.
Considering a series of debates on right-wing extremism the
Committee held throughout 2014 in Vojvodina, the round table
specifically focused on (in)tolerance in Vojvodina. President of the
Assembly of Vojvodina`s Committee on European Integration and
Interregional Cooperation Maja Sedlarevic, President of the
Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina Dinko Gruhonjic
and politicologist Pavel Domonji addressed the issue.
Authors of the publication (politicologist Pavel
Domonji, sociologist Srdjan Barisic, lawyer Ivana Stjelja and
historian Milivoj Beslin) launched the publication “Extremism: How
to Recognize a Social Evil”, which was then distributed to all the
participants. Executive director of the Helsinki Committee for Human
Rights in Serbia Izabela Kisic presented the goals of the newly
established Coalition of Nongovernmental Organizations “Resistance
The round table was organized under the project
“Civil Society Initiative against Hate Crime and Hate Speech” the
Helsinki Committee has been realizing with the assistance of the
Institute for Sustainable Communities.