Saturday, March 5, 2011
WOMEN IN BLACK
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FROM WOMEN IN BLACK
WOMEN'S FEMINIST-ANIMILITARY PEACE ORGANIZATION
We are addressing the public with a great concern over the racist violence against the Roma population.
Because of the recent crime, when a Roma boy killed his peer, a Serbian boy, Serbian inhabitants of the village Jabuka are smashing the windows of the houses owned by Roma families, the windows of the Methodist church; also, one house is set on fire. All that violence happened in presence of local police officers, who did nothing to prevent violence. Belated response of the Prefect of the Pancevo Police Department and the mayor of Pancevo just enhanced the fear of Roma families, whose members did not dare to go out from their houses in days.
Racist violence against Roma is common. Latest Amnesty International report also notices violation of human rights of Roma in Serbia. Serbian institutions in charge have to show political will in order to prevent political violence against Roma population. International responsibility of members of Serbian institutions is to respect human rights of minorities and to protect security for all the citizens, regardless of their names or their ethnic, racial, religious or sexual orientation or identity.
We call civil society organizations to join us, to react and to put pressure on the government in similar cases, when human rights are violated, because that is our activist responsibility. Also, we are asking the member of the institutions in charge, first of all the Ministry of internal affairs and judicial authorities, to penalize the perpetrators of the attacks.
Women in Black, along with Roma women’s groups, will visit the Roma population in Jabuka tomorrow, on the 17th of July, at 10:30 am, in order to show our solidarity and offer our support.
Women in Black
Women for peace, Leskovac
SOS Hotline for Women and Children, Victims of Violence, Vlasotince
Reconstruction, Women’s Fund, Belgrade
Voice of the Difference, Belgrade
Esperanca, Novi Pazar
Regional Minority Center, Belgrade
Roma Association “Danica”, Pancevo
Center for cultural affirmation, Dimitrovgrad
Center for Peace and the Development of the Democracy, Belgrade
Roma Association, Novi Becej
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE ROMANI OF EUROPE
"Petition of solidarity with Roma deported from France"
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