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Yugloslav NGOs - two new appeals, 6 and 16 June 1999
June 16, 1999
Parliament of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
REQUEST FOR AMNESTY
The Action of nongovernmental organizations and Trade Union Confederation "Nezavisnost" demands from federal authorities to immediately declare amnesty recalling all criminal proceedings, initiated trials and carrying out of sentences for all those individuals who refused to participate in the war that had been forced upon them, consciousness objectors, as well as those individuals who have committed political criminal acts related to war, except for war crimes.
After the adoption of the United Nations resolution, common objectives for all Yugoslav citizens are peace and reconciliation, prosperity and reconstruction of the country. These objectives cannot be achieved without the return of those who have, during the bombing campaign and war, voluntarily or under pressure left the country. The prevention of their return would represent government's obstruction of the country's reconstruction while declaring amnesty would be only the first, fundamental step in the achievement of proclaimed objectives. We therefore ask the authorities of Yugoslavia to make that first step to meet the objectives of their citizens.
The Action of nongovernmental organizations and Trade Union Confederation "Nezavisnost" demands from state officials to declare amnesty similar to the one declared after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, and from the United Nations and the European Union to support the Action in this request.
The Action's Council for Human Rights has prepared a draft Law on Amnesty to be offered to the citizens of Serbia and Montenegro to sign. By signing this draft, the citizens will, through the legislative initiative submitted to the Parliament, participate in the processes of democratization and reconstruction of the destroyed legal system of Yugoslavia.
In Belgrade, June 11th, 1999
1. UGS "Nezavisnost"
Belgrade, June 6th, 1999
Yugoslav Action of nongovernmental organizations and Trade Union Confederation "Nezavisnost" demands from authorized state officials to, in accordance with the Document ratified by the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia accepting the Draft Peace proposal offered by the international community, and presented by Mr. Victor Chernomyrdin and Mr. Marti Ahtisaari, immediately lift the declared state of war as well as all Legal acts, sub-legal acts and measures adopted since March 24th, 1999 as a consequence of the declared state of war.
Having in mind the principle presented in the Article 9 of the adopted document, providing for: "... the improvement of democratization, economic prosperity, stability and regional cooperation...", Yugoslav Action of nongovernmental organizations and Trade Union Confederation "Nezavisnost" demands that all positive regulations be brought into accord with the generally accepted international standards on human rights. Consequently, the Action specifically demands that in the shortest possible time, new laws on international and local nongovernmental organizations, university, media and judiciary be passed.
1. UGS "Nezavisnost"
2. Alternative Education Academic Network
3. Belgrade Circle
4. Belgrade Women's Lobby
5. Center for Policy Studies
6. Center for Gender Studies
7. Center for Transition to Democracy
8. Society for Tolerance - Backa Palanka 9. Children Humanitarian Fund
10. Society for Cooperation with Neighboring Countries
11. Eco Center 12. European Movement in Serbia
13. Foundation for Peace and Crisis Management
14. FOSCODE - NGO Glasnik 15. Forum for Ethnic Relations
16. Civic Initiatives
17. Civic Forum - Novi Pazar
18. Group 484
19. Yugoslav Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights
20. Council for Human Rights - Leskovac
21. Women Safe Houses 22. Society of Citizens for Democracy, Social Justice and Support to Trade Unions
23. VIN (Video Weekly)
24. Women in Black
25. XXL Creative Youth Group
26. Democratic Movement for Pancevo
27. Student Union of Yugoslavia/Serbia
28. SOS Telephone for Women and Children Victims of Abuse
29. Movement from the Margin - Kraljevo
30. Women Civic Initiatives - Kraljevo
31. District 0230 - Kikinda
32. Urban In - Novi Pazar
33. Council for Humanitarian Work - Pancevo
34. Council for Environmental Protection - Pancevo
35. Peace Action - Subotica
36. Ethnic Forum - Subotica
37. Agora - Subotica
38. FEDRA - Zrenjanin
39. Trag - Nis
40. Panonian Civic Forum - Novi Sad
41. Movement for Peace - Pancevo
42. Sombor Peace Group
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