ewsletter # 8 On Attacks And Pressure Against Human Rights Defenders

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unnamedNEWSLETTER  #8
ON ATTACKS AND PRESSURE AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS 

The Solidarity for the Rights of All Network presents Newsletter # 8 on attacks and pressure against activists. The team documents attacks and pressures on the Incident Map through research of publicly available information and interviews with the victims. Since the beginning of 2022, 13 attacks and pressures have been registered, both on those who protect human rights and those who found themselves in that role due to their actions and suffered consequences. The Solidarity for the Rights of All Network is led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, Belgrade Center for Security Policy, and the People’s Parliament.

CURRENT NEWS

False bomb report at the festival “Mirdita, good afternoon!”  more… 

The opening of the festival “Mirdita, good day!” at the Center for Cultural Decontamination (CKZD) was briefly interrupted on May 25, 2022, after a report of a planted bomb. After the inspection of the CZKD premises, the police determined this was a false alarm, and the event continued. A small group of citizens gathered before the CZKD to protest against the festival. During the traditional cultural exchange festival between Kosovo and Serbia, attacks and pressures are common to ban or interrupt the festival. On May 24, 2022, the coalition Nada, consisting of DSS and POKS, demanded a ban on the festival, stating that it harms Serbia’s interest and promotes Kosovo’s independence. They say: “At this festival, treacherously and insidiously, under the veil of cultural events in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, the secession of so-called Kosovo was promoted, undermining our constitutional and legal order. “NADA’s announcement was accompanied by the performance” Mirdita, good night “organized by the DSS youth in front of the CZKD
Date May 25, 2022.
Type of attack Threats/Acts of intimidation/Blackmail
Type of attacker Natural person, unknown
Endangered right Freedom of expression, freedom of association

ATTACKS AND PRESSURES IN THE PERIOD OF MARCH – MAY

Exclusion of the public from the trial of Dragana Arsić more…
Date May 17, 2022.
Type of attack Strategic lawsuits against public participation(SLAPP)
Type of attacker Judicial body
Endangered right Freedom of expression, freedom of association
Attack on activists of “Kreni-promeni” initiative in Vranje more…
Date March 15, 2022.
Type of attack Property damage
Type of attacker Natural person, unknown
Endangered right Freedom of expression, freedom of association
Attack by Sovereignists on non-governmental organizations  more… 
Date March 2, 2022.
Type of attack Defamation via electronic media or social networks
Type of attacker Member/sympathizer of a political party
Endangered right Freedom of expression, freedom of association
New lawsuit against activists of “Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own” initiative more…
Date March 1, 2022
Type of attack Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP)
Type of attacker Police
Endangered right Freedom of expression, freedom of association
More on the map…

VOICE OF DEFENDERS

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ATTACK STATISTICS IN 2021

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CONTACT

You can report attacks and pressures against your organization and yourself to the contact below with a brief description of the event, date, place and identity of the attacker (if known). We would ask you to submit a contact phone number with the application, at which you can be reached for additional questions

You can report an attack at e-mail:  office@yucom.org.rs

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