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Federal Republic of Yugoslavia: Further information on ill-treatment / possible prisoners of conscience

, Index number: EUR 70/002/1997

New names: Dusan Naric, Ljubisa Brkic: There is concern at reports that on 28 January 1997 police reportedly beat demonstrators in the town of Smederevska Palanka, including a parliamentary deputy, Dusan Naric, and local town councillor Ljubisa Brkic. The demonstration was reportedly held after a new town council was convened that day by councillors from the ruling Socialist Party of Serbia. The opposition coalition, Zajedno, believes it won local elections in Smederevska Palanka, a claim supported by the findings of a fact-finding mission from the OSCE.

EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 70/02/97
30 January 1997
Further information on UA 25/97 (EUR 70/01/97, 24 January 1997 - Ill-treatment,
possible prisoners of conscience
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA
new names:Dušan Nari_, parliamentary deputy
Ljubiša Brki_, town councillor
On 28 January 1997 police reportedly beat demonstrators in the town of
Smederevska Palanka, including a parliamentary deputy, Dušan Nari_, and local
councillor Ljubiša Brki_. Opposition sources in the town claimed "not even
women and children were spared the beatings".
The demonstration was reportedly held after a new town council was convened
that day by councillors from the ruling Socialist Party of Serbia. The opposition
coalition Zajedno believes it won local elections in Smederevska Palanka; its
claim was supported in December 1996 by the findings of a fact-finding mission
from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which
had been invited by the government.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English, French, German and Russian or in your own language:
- expressing concern at the reports of beatings by police of demonstrators,
Dušan Nari_ and Ljubiša Brki_, in the town of Smederevska Palanka on 28 January;
- calling for a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into this and
other recent reports of ill-treatment by police of demonstrators in the towns
of Smederevo, Kragujevac and Kraljevo (see original UA) and for any officer
found responsible to be brought to justice;
- urging the immediate and unconditional release of anyone who remains in
detention for the non-violent exercise of his or her right to freedom of assembly
and freedom of expression;
- emphasising that Articles 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil
and Political Rights (which the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia recognizes as
legally binding) guarantee the rights to freedom of expression and freedom
of peaceful assembly, and urging the authorities to ensure that these rights
are upheld.
APPEALS TO:
President of the Republic of Serbia
Predsednik Republike Srbije
Slobodan Miloševi_
Andri_ev venac 1
11000 Beograd, FR Yugoslavia
Fax: + 381 11 682 167 or 656 862
Telegrams: Predsednik Srbije, Beograd, Yugoslavia
Salutation: Dear President
Minister of Internal Affairs
Zoran Sokolovi_
Ministar unutrašnjih poslova Republike Srbije
Kneza Miloša 101
11000 Beograd, FR Yugoslavia
Fax: +381 11 641 867 or 11 685 937
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Telegrams: Ministar unutrasnjih poslova Srbije, Beograd, Yugoslavia
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
NGO Information Centre
Avalska 9,
11000 Beograd, Yugoslavia
Fax: +381 11 444 39 44
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 13 March 1997.

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