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DECLARATION OF
ANTI-FASCIST
STRUGGLE'S
CONTINUATION

3. may 2011.

online petition

On the occasion of May 9th
- Victory Day over Fascism and the Day of
Concentration Camp Detainees of...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 76

RUSSIA: A MYTHICAL ALLY

April 2011

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin's brief visit to
Belgrade (March 23, 2011) brutally exposed the
irrationality and
disorientation of Serbia's foreign policy. Though the visit itself was unofficial, the manifestations of "worship" for Putin - in public and in the media - came as a surprise even to Russian reporters is his suite.
Servility and humbleness showered on the...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 75

THE OPEN 'SERB ISSUE' -
A CONSTANT THREAT TO
REGIONAL STABILITY

March 2011

The preconditions for the normalization of relations in the region still have not been attained. Bosnia and Herzegovina is blocked by an internal crisis, which is exacerbated by its surroundings. For Macedonia, the issue with Greece relating to Macedonian state identity (name) is still open, which has slowed down its...
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ASSOCIATION
"EDUCATION BUILDS
BOSNIA AND
HERZEGOVINA"
FORWARDS A MESSAGE
OF JOVAN DIVJAK TO
BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN
AND WORLD PUBLIC

Dear friends,
thanks to you I am
encouraged and ready to defend my soldier's honor and my wartime
background, personal and overall dignity as well as
moral purity of defenders of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992-1995. Your solidarity is proof of the willingness
of citizens of...   More >>>

 

THE VICTIM BECOMES
THE CRIMINAL

Belgrade, February 4th, 2011.

The arrest of Jovan Divjak symbolizes the continuation of counterproductive
behavior of Belgrade when it comes to interpreting the recent past from the
nineties. After arrests of
Ejup Ganic, Ilija Jurisic and recently Tihomir Purda, who were arrested and
acquitted for lack of
evidence, the "Divjak" case only deepens mistrust of the countries in the region...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 74

THE 'HUNT' FOR MLADIC

January 2011

The 'Mladic case' is the paradigm of Serbia's social reality - of its attitude
towards the past, towards reforms (of the security
sector), towards justice
and, finally, towards its neighbours. The alleged drama surrounding his arrest is a spectacle
everyone is a part of. One of the key reasons for Serbia's delayed progress towards...
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PETITION

January 30, 2011

Dear Mr. President of the Republic, We are writing to you on the occasion of the release of Veselin Vukotic,
a hitman and one of the
most hardened criminals from the ranks of
Milosevic's secret police,
who was sentenced to 20 years of prison in
Montenegro in 1997, for murdering sea captain Dusko Boskovic. As the citizens of this country, we are disturbed by the fact...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 73

EARLY PARLIAMENTARY
ELECTIONS IN KOSOVO

January 2011

The high turnout of Serbs at the December 2010 elections and their willingness to participate in Kosovo's institutions points to a substantial change in Serbia's electorate, which
is the result of a more
mature political attitude
within the Serb community in the past decade. During the election campaign...
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FREEDOM OF
EXPRESSION
ENDANGERED

Belgrade, December 18, 2010.

On the evening of
December 16, 2010 journalist Branko Zivkovic
was assaulted while
walking his dog. An
unidentified person brutally attacked him from the back and hurt him in his head.
On the following day Mr. Zivkovic went to the
Emergency Center where he was given anti-tetanus protection and...   More >>>

 

Petition

THE NORWEGIAN
NOBEL COMMITTEE

Oslo

December 8, 2010

With this petition, we, the undersigned human rights defenders and democracy activists, speak in the name of thousands and
thousands of citizens of Serbia, eager to see their country firmly committed to European course and the highest values of the
contemporary world...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 72

THE PRIDE PARADE -
'VIOLENCE CULTURE'
AND THE OFFENSIVE
FROM THE RIGHT

November 2010

Serbia has been destabilized by organized crime, extreme calls for a Greater Serbia from militarist organizations and enraged sports fans who resemble their striking fist. Having been announced for a long time, Belgrade's first Pride Parade was fi nally...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 71

SERBIAN ORTHODOX
CHURCH ON THE BRINK
OF SCHISM

November 2010

The Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) is a bastion of Serbian nationalism. Its ideology is drawn from the radical right and it is very close to groups at the rightist end of the political spectrum. With this ideology, the Church played a very important role in mobilisation and the...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 70

SHIFT IN BELGRADE'S
KOSOVO POLICY AND
ITS IMPACT

November 2010

The political atmosphere in Serbia has changed signifi cantly thanks to a shift in
the attitude of the political leadership to Kosovo. Following submission of
the joint EU and Serbian resolution to the UN
General Assembly, and the International Court of
Justice's advisory opinion on the independence of...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 69

NATIONAL BOSNIAK
COUNCIL ELECTION:
TEST FOR SERBIAN
GOVERNMENT

October 2010

For the past two decades, Sandzak has been a crisis point which could rapidly be activated and come to the forefront. Belgrade policies served to radicalize the Muslim population in Yugoslavia ahead of the wars of the nineties. One of the theses used to justify them is that radical Islam...
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PRIDE PARADE AND
PARADE OF VIOLENCE

Belgrade, October 10, 2010

Today's first-ever "Pride Parade" in Belgrade was staged successfully as numbers of policemen
were protecting
participants...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 68

FOREIGN POLICY
U-TURN: THE FAILED
MANIPULATION OF
KOSOVO

September 2010

The opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo's independence, Serbia's agreement to a joint resolution on Kosovo with the EU in the UN General Assembly and the refusal of a London court to extradite Ejub Ganic at Serbia's request all testify to the...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 67

MEDIA IN SERBIA:
LOST AND LOBBYING
FOR THE STATUS QUO

August 2010

Serbia's media scene is merely a reflection of society's loss of bearings and moral devastation. This is especially so because, like all other national institutions, the media gave full support to the national projects embodied by Slobodan MiloŇ°evia at the end of the twentieth...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 66

INTERNATIONAL COURT
OF JUSTICE DELIVERS
ADVISORY OPINION ON
KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE:
A TURNABOUT IN THE
INTERPRETATION OF
THE YUGOSLAV CRISIS

July 2010

On July 22, 2010 the International Court of Justice /ICJ/ delivered an advisory opinion on Kosovo independence - Kosovo's Declaration of
Independence, ruled the...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 65

WEST BALKANS AND
EUROPEAN UNION
AFTER THE MEETING
IN SARAJEVO

June 2010

The EU - Western Balkans Ministerial Meeting of June 2, 2010 in Sarajevo was a failure in terms of the
messages stemming from
it. After the Sarajevo
meeting the ten-year
endeavor to bring the
Western Balkans closer to EU looks like a paradox:...
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ARREST OF RATKO
MLADIC IS SERBIA'S
MORAL OBLIGATION

Fifteen years have passed since the genocide in Srebrenica and the main culprit of that crime Ratko Mladic is still at large. This is a moral mortgage which prevents us from moving forwards. Many new generations are hostage to this mortgage and the lack of government's readiness to fulfill its obligations
toward the Hague...
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PRESS RELEASE

The United Nations and
Genocide: On behalf of the
Mothers of Srebrenica,
German human rights
activists build a "Pillar of
Shame" against United
Nations' arrogance

Berlin/Sarajevo, 13.05.2010

The 15th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide will be marked by a new form of a memorial: made of 16,744 shoes (representing the 8,372 victims), two gigantic letters, 'U' and 'N', cast in shimmering...   More >>>

 

Helsinki Bulletin, No. 64

TURKEY: A FACTOR OF
REGIONAL STABILITY

May 2010

Over the past year Turkey has emerged as a major factor in the Balkans. Turkish diplomacy
mediated not only between some countries - between Serbia and Bosnia-
Herzegovina in the first place - but also in sensitive, internal disputes. Serbia
has been in the focus of Turkey's activities as a...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 63

SERB PROGRESSIVE
PARTY PREPARES THE
TERRAIN FOR ELECTIONS

April 2010

Serb Progressive Party (SNS) is vigorously preparing the terrain for elections - either early on which it insists or regular scheduled for 2012. Its major objectives at this stage are to attract as many as possible voters of Serb Radical Party (SRS) and to demonstrate its power at...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 62

SERBIA TRAPPED IN
A VICIOUS CIRCLE:
FROM REPUBLIKA
SRPSKA TO KOSOVO

March 2010

Serbia's behavior - notably at international level - is dictated by its proclaimed strategic goals and
priorities summed up in the slogan "Both Kosovo and EU." These are mutually opposed goals and
contrary to the criteria and preconditions for EU...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 61

MACEDONIA: UNDER
CONSTANT PRESSURE
FROM ITS NEIGHBORS

March 2010

Macedonia's statehood, nation or church have been denied by its neighbors
ever since its
independence. Has it not been for EU, US and NATO it would have been thorn by internal conflicts and, probably, by foreign aggression. However, despite the multitude of domestic problems...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 60

SERBIA AND THE WORLD
IN 2009: STILL STANDING
AT A CRUCIAL JUNCTURE

February 2010

Having applied for EU candidacy (in late 2009),
the Serbian government
made the first real
breakthrough in its
proclaimed EU-oriented policy that can not be
revoked. Besides, the EU annual report was mostly affirmative for Serbia, the EU also unfroze the Transitional Trade...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 59

MONTENEGRO: REGIME IN
PODGORICA CONSTANTLY
CRIMINALIZED

February 2010

Relations between Serbia
and Montenegro
aggravated after
Montenegro's recognition
of Kosovo (October 2008)
to which Belgrade
responded by expelling the Montenegrin Ambassador. When Podgorica and
Prishtina established diplomatic relations
(November 2009)...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 58

RESOLUTION ON
SREBRENICA:
DEBATE OPENED,
NOTWITHSTANDING

February 2010

President Tadic's initiative for a parliamentary resolution on Srebrenica triggered off a debate that laid bare the proportions of Serbia's frustration manifested in its denial to face up the recent past, the Bosnian war in particular. The existence of Republika Srpska /RS/ - actually the...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 57

CONSOLIDATION OF
KOSOVO STATE AND
BELGRADE'S RESPONSE

February 2010

After independence declaration Kosovo entered the phase of state consolidation. While trying to prevent it at any cost, official Belgrade channeled all its diplomatic energy into lobbying against Kosovo's international recognition. Its turning to the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion about...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 56

SERB PROGRESSIVE
PARTY: A PRETENDED
TRANSFORMATION

January 2010

Serbia's entire political establishment and some other elites - those in the judicial branch in particular
- welcomed the
transformation of a part of the Serb Radical
Party /SRS/ into the Serb Progressive Party /SNS/.
There is no doubt that
Vojislav Seselj's
inappropriate behavior...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 55

NEW PATRIARCH -
NO BASIC CHANGES

January 2010

A change at the throne of the Serb Orthodox
Church /SPC/ will effectuate no major changes in the SPC structure, organization and functioning or, for that matter, in its secular ambitions. In this context, newly elected Patriarch Irinej (Gavrilovic), former bishop of Nis, guarantees continuity. In other words, SPC will be trying to...
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Helsinki Bulletin, No. 54

ANTI-EUROPEAN BLOC
GOES ON
COUNTER-OFFENSIVE

January 2010

The Serbian cabinet's decision to apply for EU candidacy in late 2009 was a breakthrough in Serbia's history as a European country. The decision provoked strong, though
not necessarily overt, resentment of the
anti-European bloc. Apart from populist parties (DSS, SNP, SRS, NS, etc.) the...
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