MINELRES: Rights organisations urge prevention and prosecution of racist attacks in Serbia

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Sat Jun 19 09:15:02 2010


Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>


RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS URGE PREVENTION AND PROSECUTION OF RACIST ATTACKS
IN SERBIA 

BUDAPEST, BELGRADE, 17 JUNE 2010: In light of the recent violent
anti-Roma protests in Jabuka, Pancevo municipality in Serbia, the
European Roma Rights Centre and the Minority Rights Centre (MRC) wrote
to the government and the police to urge the full investigation and
prosecution of all responsible perpetrators. Since 10 June 2010, almost
every evening, non-Romani residents of the town have been organising
protests, shouting violent threats and attempting to injure Roma destroy
and Romani property with bricks and arson. At least two children have
been injured and one house destroyed. A number of Romani families have
left the village, while the other Romani residents are unable to leave
their homes fearing further violence.

The ERRC and MRC called on the Minister of Interior and Chief of Police
to implement concerted efforts to reduce the tension and end violence in
Jabuka, including increasing the presence of police patrols to
adequately ensure the safety of the residents at all times and to
prevent any further attacks. Furthermore, the groups call for a prompt
and thorough investigation into the violent protests to identify and
prosecute all perpetrators of violence, destruction of property or
incitement to hatred.

The full text of the letter is available HERE:
http://www.errc.org/cms/upload/file/serbia-jabuka-pancevo-protests-june-2010.pdf
 
For further information, please contact:
Idaver Memedov, ERRC Lawyer, idaver.memedov@errc.org
Andrea Colak, MRC Executive Director, office@mrc.org.rs

2010-06-17
 ERRC 2010. All rights reserved. 

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