Instead of Commemorating Victims of War, Belgrade and Pristina Authorities Continue to Celebrate War Criminals
Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovo (YIHR Kosovo) and Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR Serbia) strongly condemn the commemoration of the war criminal Haradin Bala at the Kosovo Parliament, the only KLA member convicted for war crimes at ICTY as well as the decision of the Serbian authorities to involve Vinko Pandurevic, convicted of war crimes committed in July 1995 in Srebrenica, in the internal dialogue on Kosovo.
Publication “War Criminals in Political Life: Mutual Support Between Convicted War Criminals and Political Elites in Serbia”— 19.12.2017.
Youth Initiative for Human Rights will hold a press conference on Monday, December 25th, at 1 pm, at the Media Center, where it will present a publication titled “War Criminals in Political Life: Mutual Support Between Convicted War Criminals and Political Elites in Serbia”, which presents an overview of state support of war criminals in 2017.
Two days ago, a trial judgment in the Ratko Mladić case was issued by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Ratko Mladić, the former Commander of the Main Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS), was convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity, and violations of the laws and customs of war, and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The promotion of the new book written by the Hague convict and former Yugoslav People’s Army officer, Veselin Sljivancanin, which supposed to be held tonight at the Cultural Center of the municipality of Cukarica, was canceled, it was confirmed to us in the Center.
Youth Initiative for Human Rights most urgently demands from the President of the city municipality of Cukarica, Srdjan Kolaric, as well as from the councilors in the Assembly of this Belgrade municipality, to urge the cancellation of promotion of the book “For Service to the Homeland” by Veselin Sljivancanin at the Cultural Center “Cukarica”, scheduled for Friday, October 13th. We appeal to the entire democratic public in Serbia to speak up and proactively act in order to stop all glorification of war criminals.