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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 127

INTERNATIONAL
PLAYERS COME FACE TO
FACE IN THE BALKANS

September 2016

The process of building European architecture began in the Balkans after 2000 when avenues to Europe were opened to...
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A CAMPAIGN STAGED
TO REHABILITATE KEY
ACTORS OF
THE WARRING POLICY

Belgrade, September 18, 2016

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia strongly condemns the campaign staged to rehabilitate key actors of Serbia’s warring policy in the 1990s. The launch of Borisav Jović’s...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 126

SERBIA AND BREXIT

July 2016

Serbia’s elite’s reactions to the growingly complex global situation, especially in Europe, boil down to gloating; every new crisis is being used as an argument against EU’s sustainabili...
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WHO DESECRATES
ALBANIAN GRAVES?

Belgrade, June 22, 2016

The Helsinki Committee
has learned from several sources that ethnic
Albanians from the villages in the Medvedja
municipality were faced
with a new form of
harassment. Over the past twenty days unknown “archeologists”...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 125

2016 ELECTIONS: VUČIĆ,
THE THWARTED WINNER

May 2016

Following the 2014 parliamentary elections Premier Vučić had a comfortable majority,
almost a unisonous parliament, all of which
made things rather easy...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 124

SERBIA BETWEEN
SCYLLA AND CHARYBDIS

March 2016

Serbia’s elites turned out to be incompetent for
adjusting its potential to modern times and changed international
circumstances. Frustration with the defeats suffered...
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ANTI-SEMITIC MISUSE
OF THE MEDIA

Belgrade, February 29, 2016

The Human Rights House strongly condemns Editor-
in-chief of the Vecernje Novosti Ratko Dmitrović’s fascist and anti-Semitic assault at writer Filip David. A personal gesture and intellectual...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 123

RUSSIA AND NATO:
A TEST OF STRENGTH
OVER MONTENEGRO

February 2016

Russia’s reaction to Montenegro’s decision to join NATO was more than negative. It has
strengthened its position in Montenegro ever since...
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Press release

BRUTAL ASSAULTS AT
THE MEDIA IN VOJVODINA

Belgrade, February 14, 2016

The Human Rights House strongly condemns the
smear campaign two
pro-governmental media outlets, Informer and Pink, have been staging against the Indepen...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 122

EUROPEANIZATION:
THE ONLY CHANCE FOR
A UNIFIED
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

January 2016

The 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords intensified, once again, the debate on their revision that would
turn Bosnia-Herzegovina...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 121

SERBIA: NO ALTERNATIVE
TO EUROPEAN OPTION

December 2015

The process of Serbia’s Euro-Atlantic integration is complex and ambivalent. To have the first negotiating chapters with EU opened Serbia had to give up its...
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ACADEMY PRESIDENT’S
COURAGEOUS GESTURE

Belgrade, October 19, 2015

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia welcomes the courageous gesture of President of the Serb Academy of Arts and Sciences /SANU/ Vladimir Kostić who spoke out about the reality recognizing Kosovo’s independence. Serbia’s elite...   More >>>

 

TO WHOM TOMISLAV
NIKOLIĆ THREATENS?

Belgrade, October 17, 2015

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia strongly condemns
President Tomislav
Nikolić’s statement about “the outbreak of civil war in Serbia” in the event the official Belgrade recognizes Kosovo; speaking of which, it makes no...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 120

RUSSIA’S SOFT POWER
EXPANDS

October 2015

Serbia’s political elite has always relied on Russia,
and in the 1990s looked forward to its support to the
wars it waged. However,
Russia’s assistance to...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 119

WESTERN BALKANS:
BRUSSELS MEDIATES IN
CONFIDENCE-BUILDING

September 2015

The threatening international situation (economic and financial crises plaguing Greece and other countries in the south of Europe, the crisis of...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 118

CHAIRMANSHIP OF OSCE
DRIVES SERBIA OUT IN
THE OPEN

July 2015

Serbia is now in the second half of its one-year
chairmanship of the
Organization for European Security and
Cooperation /OSCE...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 117

SREBRENICA: SERBIA’S
UNWELCOME MIRROR

June 2015

The denial of the
Srebrenica genocide, its relativization or attempts to justify it by earlier crimes committed against Serbs,
are leading Serbia and...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 116

SERBIA AT A SEESAW

June 2015

Ukrainian, Greek and especially Macedonian
crises provided a crucial insight into the situation of the Balkans. What
motivated the West’s return to the Balkans were the...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 115

MACEDONIA: IN A RIFT
BETWEEN EAST AND
WEST

May 2015

Macedonia police raid on Kumanovo’s „Wild
Outskirts” (April 9–10,
2015) killing 22 persons, including eight policemen...
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ANTI-FASCISM DENIED

May 15, 2015

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
strongly condemns the Belgrade Higher Court’s decision to rehabilitate Dragoljub Draža Mihailović, the commander of the
Tchetnik Movement. In the aftermath of...   More >>>

 

HUMAN RIGHTS - OSCE
PRIORITY

Belgrade, April 16th 2015

Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, Lawyer’s Committee for Human Rights- YUCOM, Humanitarian Law Centre, Forum for Ethnic Relations and Public Policy Research Centre held the first
press-conference on the
establishment of the
Coordination...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 114

BRUTAL ASSAULTS AT
INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

April 2015

Serbia’s independent agencies (Citizens’ Ombudsman, Commissioner for Information of Public Interest and Commissioner for Equality) have already earned the reputation of...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 113

OSCE AND THE MIS/USE/
OF THE MEDIA:
THE FIRST TEST

April 2015

Dunja Mijatović, OSCE representative on freedom of the media, notes in the OSCE1 annual report (issued in November
2014), “The decade of the 1990’s was one of hearty...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 112

SERBIA’S CHAIRMANSHIP
OF THE OSCE: AN
OPPORTUNITY OR A RISK?

March 2015

The one-year chairmanship of the OSCE as of January 1, 2015 is the biggest challenge for Serbia’s foreign policy and
diplomacy ever since the...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 111

BALKAN GEOSTRATEGIC
CHALLENGES:
MACEDONIA A CRITICAL
POINT

February 2015

The West’s policy for the Balkans has prioritized the region’s stability over open issues dating back in the 1990s. At the same time...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 110

THE SOUTH STREAM:
SERBIA IN A CLEFT STICK

December 2014

Russia’s canceling of the South Stream project was
a blow to the Vučić cabinet that had banked on it for profit. The South Stream had been interpreted as Serbia’s great chance for...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 109

VOJISLAV ŠEŠELJ:
THE QUESTION OF ETHICS
AND RESPONSIBILITY

December 2014

The ICTY Trial Chamber decided on a temporary release for Vojislav Šešelj, leader of the Serb Radical Party /SRS/. The decision itself was not unanimous
but was unique for having...
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Press release

WARTIME RAPE VICTIMS SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT
TO JOKES

December 3, 2014

A talk show host on the Prva srpska televizija (First Serbian TV Station), Ivan Ivanović, mocked victims of rapes committed during
and in relation to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina
(BiH) in his...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 108

CHAOS AS MODUS
VIVENDI

November 2014

Placed in a larger context a series of developments
over the past weeks
indicate that Serbia has reached the point where the schizoid “both EU and Russia” policy becomes...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 107

SERBIA-ALBANIA
RELATIONS: ONCE AGAIN
ON TRIAL

October 2014

The 2016 European championship qualifier between Albania-Serbia football teams had to be abandoned after a riot
broke out involving...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 106

RED CARPET FOR PUTIN

October 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brief visit to
Belgrade attracted
considerable attention at international arena carefully listening to messages
about traditional friendship Belgrade and Moscow...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 105

GERMANY, THE TRUE
LEADER OF THE BALKANS

September 2014

Over the past months the Western Balkans has often been on the agenda of many conferences not only in the Balkans but also in Europe. Expert analyses, especially those by the International Crisis...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 104

ON THE RUSSIAN
CHESSBOARD

July 2014

Over the past eight years Serbia has been given a major role in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategy for the Balkans. Observers in the West have growingly focused...
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Press release

“MEMORANDUM”
POLICY REFUELED

June 25, 2014

The synchronized
interviews with
Academician Vasilije
Krestić two high circulation metropolitan papers –
Politika and Vecernje
Novosti – carried last weekend signaled the beginning of the election campaign by...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 102

PRIMORDIAL RESISTANCE
TO LIBERAL VALUES

May 2014

Over the past decade Serbia has been constantly adjusting its legislation to the European: from this angle, therefore, the values proclaimed correspond to European criteria and standards. However what...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 101

EARLY ELECTIONS:
PRAGMATIC
NATIONALISM WINS

March 2014

The victory of Serb Progressive Party /SNS/ and its leader Aleksandar Vučić in the early parliamentary elections and in local elections in Belgrade was nothing...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 100

EARLY ELECTIONS TO
AFFIRM THE POWER
OF THE SERB
PROGRESSIVE PARTY

February 2014

Shortly after the first inter-
governmental Serbia-EU conference in Brussels, the Serb Progressive Party and its leader and the first vicepremier, Aleksandar Vučić, decided to call early parliamentary elections. Such a scenario has...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 99

SERBIA IN THE WEST?

January 2014

The first intergovernmental conference on 21 January 2014 in Brussels marked the beginning of Serbia’s long journey to the
European Union (EU) - after ten years of hesitation, the burden of the Milosevic era legacy and many obstacles to re-embracing the form of a civilized state. The...
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Helsinki Committee for
Human Rights in Serbia

NO EMPATHY
FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS

Belgrade, November 29, 2013.

These days in Serbia the humanitarian tragedy of the people from Middle East and North African countries desperately fleeing their homes got an additionally inhuman proportion. Hundreds of men, women and children are still left without a...   More >>>

 

Office of the Minister of
Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ivan
Mrkic

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN
AFFAIRS OF THE
REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

Helsinki Committee for
Human Rights in Serbia

Belgrade, 28 November 2013

Dear Mr. Minister, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia expresses a deep concern due to frequent inappropriate
public state...   More >>>

 

Harangue against Sonja
Biserko

THE STATE AND SOCIETY
IN DEEP MORAL CRISIS

November 25, 2013

The right-wing’s vulgar and dangerous assaults at Chairwoman of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia Sonja Biserko on the one hand, and governmental institutions and political structures’ failure to adequately react against them on the...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 98

KOSOVO: SERBIA STICKS
TO ITS STRATEGY

November 2013

Local elections in Kosovo, called in its entire territory for the first time ever, demonstrated once again the major trait of Serbia’s policy for “recognition” of
the new reality in the region, for Kosovo this time. Serbia’s overall situation – dramatic state of its...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 97

KOSOVO ELECTIONS:
A STEP TOWARDS EU

October 2013

Local elections in Kosovo, now scheduled for November 3, make a major section of the Brussels Agreement (singed on April 18, 2013) considering their relevance to integration of Serbs in Kosovo North. The elections will test Serbia’s leadership’s readiness to genuinely Serbs’ turnout...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 96

RECONSTRUCTION OF
THE GOVERNMENT:
A CREEPING PUTSCH

August 2013

For more than three
months has the reconstruction of the government dominated the country’s political and
media scene. The entire “reconstruction” process was a bottomless source of speculation, wild guesses, foul plays and muscle...
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