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Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights Offends Victims of Torture in Sandžak

Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights Offends Victims of Torture in Sandžak

logo_fhp_sandzacki_odbor_velikiIn an interview for the daily newspaper Večernje novosti, published on September 6, 2014 under the title “Ugljanin inventing Torture”, Suzana Paunović, the Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights of Serbia, said that the claim made by the former Minister without portfolio, Sulejman Ugljanin, which stated that Bosniaks in Sandžak were victims of systematic torture, is inappropriate and unfounded.

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The Court of Appeals in Belgrade: Serbia is responsible for the torture and inhumane treatment of Bosniaks in the Šljivovica concentration camp

The Court of Appeals in Belgrade: Serbia is responsible for the torture and inhumane treatment of Bosniaks in the Šljivovica concentration camp

Logo_FHPThe Court of Appeals in Belgrade (Court of Appeals) amended the judgment of the First Basic Court in Belgrade and rendered a final judgment stating that Serbia is responsible for the torture and inhumane treatment of the Bosniaks Enes Bogilović and Mušan Džebo from Žepa, committed by members of the Ministry of the Interior (MOI). Bogilović and Džebo were detained in the concentration camp Šljivovica (municipality Čajetina) in 1995 and 1996. The Court of Appeals also obliged the State to pay them compensation to the amount of 600,000 RSD. Although the amount awarded may not constitute fair compensation for the victims, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) points out that the final court assessment of the treatment of captured Bosniaks in the camp Šljivovica by members of the MOI represents the first institutional recognition of the atrocities committed against Bosniaks in the concentration camps at Šljivovica and Mitrovo Polje.

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Coalition for RECOM: Finding the bodily remains of ‘the missing’ is a cornerstone in the development of a public culture of memory of the past

Coalition for RECOM: Finding the bodily remains of ‘the missing’ is a cornerstone in the development of a public culture of memory of the past

zarekom_ruke_postSome 23 years after the outbreak of the war in the former Yugoslavia, the bodies of 13,000 victims remain unaccounted for. On the occasion of the International Day of Missing Persons, the Coalition for RECOM calls on the governments of the post-Yugoslav countries in the region, national commissions and other competent bodies to confirm that the discovery of the bodily remains of involuntarily missing persons is a priority, and a key element of their regional cooperation. In so doing, they will lay a cornerstone in the development of a public culture of memory of their common past.

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Include victims’ rights to reparation in Chapter 23

Include  victims’ rights to reparation in Chapter 23

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The European Commission (EC) Screening Report for Chapter 23 – Judiciary and Human Rights, does not contain information on the rights of victims of the war crimes and of mass violations of human rights committed during the 1990’s to material compensation and other types of reparation. The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) calls upon all participants in Serbia’s European Union (EU) accession negotiations to include all norms and international standards relating to the rights of victims of human rights violations, including the requirements of the EU Acquis, into the process of the harmonization of domestic regulations with  EU law.

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