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FRY: lll-treatment / possible prisoners of conscience

, رقم الوثيقة: EUR 70/109/1999

Some 50 people are believed to have been injured when riot police violently dispersed a peaceful anti-government protest using truncheons and water cannon, on the night of 29 September 1999. According to Belgrade media, opposition activists and supporters were beaten and detained.

PUBLIC AI Index: EUR 70/109/99
UA 256/99 Ill-treatment/
possible prisoners of conscience 30 September 1999
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA (FRY)
Beaten:Goran Mili_evi_, professor at School of Economics
Aleksandra Gaji_ (f), Democratic Party (SD) member
Pavi_ Obradovi_, SD vice-president
Arrested:Slobodan Orli_, SD vice-president
Dragan Kop_ali_, SD leader
Nataša Zujovi_ (f), SD leader
Velimir Gavari_, New Serbia party vice-president
Other demonstrators and media workers
Some 50 people are believed to have been injured when riot police violently
dispersed a peaceful anti-government protest using truncheons and water cannon,
on the night of 29 September 1999. According to Belgrade media, pposition
activists and supporters, including those named above, were beaten and detained.
Belgrade media said that five reporters and cameramen with CNN and Sky News
were beaten and had their cameras destroyed. Hospital officials are reported
to have said that most of the injuries sustained by demonstrators were to the
chest, back and hands and that there were several women among those injured.
The police action came after some 25,000 supporters of the opposition umbrella
group Savez za promene (SZP), Alliance for Change, had gathered in the capital,
Belgrade for a ninth consecutive evening of peaceful protests, during which
opposition supporters tried to march on the home of the Yugoslav President
Slobodan Miloševi_.
On 30 September opposition leaders called for the release of at least 10 people
reportedly still under arrest. Further protests are planned in Belgrade, which
Amnesty International fears may result in further ill-treatment by police.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Since the end of the NATO air strikes in June this year tens of thousands of
people have taken part in anti-government demonstrations across Serbia, calling
on FRY President Slobodan Miloševi_, indicted for war crimes by the
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, to resign. Previous
demonstrations in several Serbian towns were violently broken up by police
and an unknown number of demonstrators were detained.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English, German, French, Russian or your own language: (please note
that at present no mail is being delivered from the UK)
- expressing deep concern at reports that police beat demonstrators in the
city of Belgrade on 29 September 1999 and at reports of the beatings of media
workers;
- emphasising that Articles 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil
and Political Rights (to which Yugoslavia is a state party) guarantee the rights
of freedom of expression and assembly respectively;
- calling for a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into all reports
of police ill-treatment;
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- urging the immediate and unconditional release of anyone who remains in
detention for the non-violent exercise of their right to freedom of assembly
and freedom of expression.
APPEALS TO:
President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Slobodan Miloševi_
Predsednik SRJ
Bulevar Mihaila Pupina 2
11070 Beograd, Yugoslavia
Salutation:Dear President
Fax: + 381 11 636 775
Telex: 11062 siv yu
e-mail: slobodan.milosevic@gov.yu
Federal Minister of Internal Affairs
Zoran Sokolovi_
Ministar za unutrašnje poslove
Savezno ministarstvo za unutrašnje poslove
Bulevar Mihaila Pupina 2
11000 Beograd, Yugoslavia
Fax:+ 381 11 361 7730
e-mail: zoran.sokolovic@gov.yu
COPIES TO:
Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministar za inostrane poslove
_ivadin Jovanovi_
Savezno ministarstvo za inostrane poslove
Kneza Miloša 24-26
11000 Beograd, Yugoslavia
Salutation: Dear Minister
Fax:+ 381 11 367 2954
Telex: 11173
e-mail: zivadin.jovanovic@gov.yu
and to diplomatic representatives of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 4 November 1999.

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