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Serbia and Montenegro are obliged to fully investigate the state crime and recognize the victims of the abduction in Strpci

Today we mark the 28th anniversary of the crime in Strpci, when members of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) took out and killed 20 passengers, non-Serb civilians, at a train station in Strpci (BiH) from a train running on the Belgrade-Bar route.Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia (YIHR Serbia) and Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Montenegro (YIHR CG) recall the responsibility of state institutions of Serbia and Montenegro for this planned war crime against the citizens of FRY and demand that full responsibility be established – not only of the perpetrators but also of the originators of this crime, as well as to speed up investigations and court proceedings in both countries. Also, the families of victims in Serbia continue to be discriminated in terms of the status of civilian victims of war, while in Montenegro no one but Nebojša Ranisavljević has been prosecuted.

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The Štrpci Case: Deriding the Victims, Slap at Justice

The fifteenth hearing for the kidnapping in Štrpci is scheduled for today (March 2 2020) before the Higher Court, War Crimes Department. Gojko Lukić, Ljubiša Vasiljević, Duško Vasiljević and Dragana Đekić, members of the Avengers, a unit under command of Milan Lukić, and Jovan Lipovac, member of the First Troop, First Battalion of the Višegrad Brigade of the Republic of Srpska Army are on trial before the War Crime Department of the Higher Court in Belgrade for the crime in Štrpci.

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WE REMEMBER: Štrpci 1993-2020

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, it will be 27 years since the crime in Štrpci (Bosnia and Herzegovina), in which members of the Army of the Republic of Srpska (VRS) kidnapped and killed 20 non-Serb civilians, passengers on a train travelling from Belgrade to Bar. The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC), Women in Black, Sandžak Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms and Youth Initiative for Human Rights recall the public’s attention to the fact that victims’ families have been waiting for judicial justice in Serbia, and the recognition of their status as family members of civilian victims of war, for 27 years now. For 27 years the public has been waiting for the recognition, accountability and memorialisation of victims by the institutions of Serbia.

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Štrpci Case: What is Your Name?

In a few days, the 27th anniversary of the abduction at the Štrpci railway station will be marked. This is the railway station at which the express train no. 671 would not normally make a stop. On February 27 1993, members of the paramilitary group Avengers abducted 20 passengers from the Belgrade-Bar train. Among the abducted, there were 18 Bosniaks, one Croat and one person of unknown origin and of darker skin tone. 

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Crime in Štrpci – 26 years, no justice for victims

The HLC, Women in Black, the Sandžak Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms, and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia invites citizens, representatives of state institutions, media outlets and NGOs to join in an event marking the 26th anniversary of the crime in Štrpci, to take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 15:48, in front of the entrance to the former Main Railway Station in Belgrade.

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