Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2002 - Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

Harassment of an NGO20

On 23rd January 2002, the members of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and its President, Ms. Sonja Biserko, received telephone threats. In addition the organisation was the object of public hatemongering statements by politicians belonging to the governing Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) coalition, which were carried in a number of private media and the official newspaper Borba. Attempted break-ins were made at the offices of the Helsinki Committee and at the home of its Vice-President, Mr. Slavija Stanojlovic.

Threats against the President of the HLC

In August 2002, Ms. Natasha Kandic, President of the Humanitarian Law Centre (HLC), was threatened in the press by a nationalist Serbian organisation following a campaign calling for a public debate on war crimes.

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20. See Urgent Appeal FRY 0001/0102/OBS 006.


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