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.
The Coalition for Access to Justice hereby requests from the Government of the Republic of Serbia to remove without delay the shortcomings in its work on amending the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance (hereinafter referred to as: LFAIPI), by ensuring that the work on drafting of the Law will be taken over by the competent Ministry for Human Rights alongside equal participation of experts, media representatives, associations and others, in accordance with the Law on the Planning System.
The Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR Serbia) stands firmly in solidarity with young actresses Milena Radulović and Iva Ilinčić, as well as all the other girls and women who came forward about the sexual abuse and rape they experienced at the acting school of Miroslav Aleksić.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković dedicated a part of yesterday’s speech on the occasion of the celebration the Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day to paying respect to the victims of war crimes committed by the Croatian side. He has thus given a great contribution to the conciliatory marking of the 25th anniversary of the Operation Storm.
On Saturday August 1, the majority of tabloids (Večernje novosti, Informer, Kurir) and the Politika daily launched, on their front pages, a negative campaign against Boris Milošević, former president of Serbian National Council in Croatia, and currently Deputy Prime Minister of the Croatian Government for the announcement of his attendance at the official celebration of the Storm operation anniversary.
The Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) organized a two-day workshop for young journalists, activists and politicians from the PYN Network in Belgrade on December 21-22 2019. The workshop titled “Secret Mass Graves in Serbia” is part of the programme “Truth and Reconciliation in Serbia”.
Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR Kosovo) and Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Serbia (YIHR Serbia) strongly condemn the statement of President of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic about the denial of the massacre in Račak.
A group of YIHR activists from Serbia have completed a memorial tour of marking the Storm Operation in places where crimes were committed by a visit to the Jasenovac Memorial Site, that is, a site of the ‘Ciglana’ concentration camp ran by Ustashe during the rule of Independent State of Croatia in the Second World War.
Last weekend, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights Serbia and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights Croatia jointly marked the anniversary of the crime against civilian population committed in the course of the Storm Operation in August of 1995.
The Youth Initiative for Human Rights (Initiative) will hold a commemorative gathering for victims of genocide in Srebrenica on Wednesday, July the 11th, in the park next to the Presidency of Serbia, starting at 20.00.