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The Twentieth Annivesary of the Genocide in Srebrenica

Open Letter to the President of
the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic,
the Government of the Republic of Serbia
and
the National Parliament of the Republic of Serbia


The action "July 11th Remembrance Day of the Genocide in Srebrenica – Declare"
Park in front of the Presidency of Serbia
Thursday, June 11th from 12:00 to 13:00

- Submission of an open letter to the president of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and to the National Parliament of the Republic of Serbia "July 11th Remembrance Day of the Genocide in Srebrenica - Declare!" takes place from 10:00 to 11:30. This initiative is undertaken by the Women in Black, the Center for Cultural Decontamination, the Humanitarian Law Center, the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, the Alliance of Antifascists of Serbia;
- There will be a protest in black and in silence by activists who undertake the initiative, as well as by activists of other NGOs, in the park in front of the Presidency of Serbia starting at 12:00.
- Look at yourself, Serbia! 20 years - 20 mirrors - a stage action which is being organized by the Women in Black, Dah theater, the Autonomous Women's Center and the Reconstruction - Women's Fund;
- Public reading of the open letter "July 11th Remembrance Day of the Genocide in Srebrenica - Declare!" is part of this protest.
- The open letter will be delivered to the president of the Republic of Serbia (at the mail desk).

We demand that July 11th 1995, when the largest genocide in Europe was committed since the 2nd World War, be declared as the Remembrance Day of the Genocide in Srebrenica. Armed formations of Republika Srpska with Ratko Mladic, indicted by the Hague Tribunal, as their chief and with the support of Slobodan Milosevic's regime killed 8372 persons of Bosnian nationality. Public recognition and accepting the facts about the genocide in Srebrenica is our duty to the victims and survivors of the genocide.

Indifference to the suffering of the victims of the genocide in Srebrenica represents not only denial of their, but also of our dignity.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE GENOCIDE IN SREBRENICA!

Belgrade, June 11th 2015


Plan of Events June-July 2015

Twenty Years since the Genocide in Srebrenica


Women's Court: feminist approach to justice

The first women's court in the territory of Europe, was held in Sarajevo from 07 to 10 May 2015, and it was organized by 10 women's groups from the former Yugoslavia Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa, CURE Foundation, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Center for Women War Victims, Centre for Women's Studies Zagreb, Croatia, Center for Women and Peace Education Anima, Kotor, Montenegro, Council for Gender Equality Skopje, Macedonia, the Women's Lobby Ljubljana, Slovenia, Center for Women's Studies and Women in Black, Belgrade, Serbia).

During the five years, Women in black were carriers and main holders of program activities of the Women's Court.

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REGISTRATION FORM

Women's Court: Feminist approach to justice
07-10 May 2015, Sarajevo, Bosnian Cultural Centre

Please fill in required fields in order to register for the above mentioned Conference


Serbia - a country of impunity for the assaults against women defenders of peace and human rights

On 28th March 2014 it will be exactly one year since Yukom (the legal representative of Women in Black) filed criminal charges against Radomir Pocuca, the then spokesperson of the Anti-terrorist Unit of the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Serbia, because of the criminal offence Security threats, precisely because of his call for violence through the social network Facebook, aimed against activists of the organization Women in Black.

Ever since that day, for a whole year since this procedure was launched, not a single main hearing was held in this judicial proceeding.

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We will never forget the Srebrenica genocide
1995 - 2015


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide - the most massive crime committed in the territory of Europe after World War II.

On July 11th 1995, the armed formation of Republika Srpska, headed by the Hague indictee Ratko Mladic, occupied Srebrenica, a safe haven under UN protection. The regime of S. Milosevic provided complete military, logistic, financial and political support to this genocidal undertaking. According to official data, 8.372 persons of Bosnian nationality were killed, while families are claiming around 10,000 of their members.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, on every 11th of the month, peace organizations and art troupes from Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Montenegro will organize a number of activities in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Kotor, as well as in other cities in Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Montenegro.

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International Human Rights Day
December 10, 2014.
Notes


We will never forget crimes in Vukovar

Regarding of 23rd anniversary of the downfall of Vukovar, on November 18th 2014 from 15:00 to 16:00 in Knez Mihaiolova Street in Belgrade, Women in Black commemorated in silence and in black the anniversary of the crimes committed in that town.

Four slogans featured in this protest:

- We will never forget crimes in Vukovar
- Women in Black for Peace and Justice
- Justice and Peace - Women for Peace
- Information on the sufferings of the town


WiB on repression

Dossier 1 - attacks on WiB april 2014
Dossier 2 - attacks on WiB september 2014
Dossier 3- attacks on WiB november 2014
WiB report on repression October


Stop the abolition/impunity!

One decade after the murder of guardsmen in Topčider
(5. 10. 2004 - 5. 10. 2014)

Memorialization program

We will never forget the crime in Topčider!


SAME SEX LOVES

ON MARGIN OF SOCIETY
THEY ARE KEPT STANDING
AND THEY ARE SO GOOD
AND AS SWEET AS CANDY

THEY NEVER HIT ANYONE
NEVER HURRASSED ANYBODY
YET THEY'VE BEEN INFLICTED
PAINS BY OUR SOCIETY

TO RECIEVE LOVE IS IT A SIN
NOW IS IT A SIN TO LOVE
WHO'S THE ONE WHO CAN COMMAND
WHOM WE ARE TO LOVE

WHO'S THE ONE WHO CAN COMMAND
WHAT WE CHOSE TO LOVE
LET'S NOT CREATE PAINS AND
LET'S SPREAD LOVE AROUND

LOVE CAN DO MIRACLES
LOVE CREATES WONDERS
AND SO OF SAME SEXES
IT CREATED COUPLES

LET'S BUILD A NICER SOCIETY
AND AMONG PEOPLE HARMONY
AND LET US ALL BE SUPPORTING
SAME SEX LOVING

AUTHOR: RAMIZ BERBIC
WIB-ISH CHOIR/HOR ZUCKE

NO NO NO
DISOBEDIENT ALL
NO NO NO
DISOBEDIENT ALL

NOT IN OUR NAME
NOT IN OUR NAME
FOR OUR NAME HOLDS
STRENGTH OF CHANGE

NO NO NO
LET US NOT BE NO
PLAYED FOR FOOLS NO
NOT BY OUR OWN NO

NO NO NO
DISOBEDIENT ALL
NO NO NO
DISOBEDIENT ALL

ONE YOUNG PARTIZAN
THREW AWAY HER GUN
ONE YOUNG PARTIZAN
THREW AWAY HER GUN

HEY LET IT BE HEARD
HEY LET IT BE KNOWN
THAT THE YOUNG PARTIZAN
WAS A LESBIAN

HEY LET IT BE HEARD
HEY LET IT BE KNOWN
THAT THE YOUNG PARTIZAN
WAS A LESBIAN

RAMIZ:
ON MARGIN OF SOCIETY
THEY ARE KEPT STANDING
AND THEY ARE SO GOOD
AND AS SWEET AS CANDY

CHOIR:
LOVE CAN DO MIRACLES
LOVE CREATES WONDERS
AND SO OF SAME SEXES
IT CREATED COUPLES

RAMIZ:
WE LOVE ALL OF HUMANS
YET DON'T LOVE OUR SUFFERINGS
WE'WE BEEN HUNTED BY THE ONES
OF MALICIOUS INTENTS

EVERYONE WISHES TO RECEIVE
AND ALSO ENJOY LOVE
YET SAME SEX COUPLES CAN
RECEIVE ONLY PAIN

CHOIR:
LOVE CAN DO MIRACLES
LOVE CREATES WONDERS
AND SO OF SAME SEXES
IT CREATED COUPLES


"Stop Israeli aggression on Gaza"

On the occasion of the current political situation in Gaza, Women in Black on 25th July 2014, organized a vigil in black and silence, on the Republic Square in Belgrade.

Protesters carried the following banners:
- Women in Black against War
- Women in Black against militarism
- Stop Israeli aggression on Gaza in Serbian, English, Hebrew and Arabic
- Stop the siege on Gaza, in Serbian, English, Hebrew and Arabic
- Stop the occupation of Palestine in Serbian, English, Hebrew and Arabic
- Solidarity with the peace movement in Israel and Palestine in Serbian and English
- Solidarity with Women in Black in Israel

Twenty activists of Women in Black participed in the protest, joined by the activists from Zagreb, Croatia (Center for Women War Victims and the Center for Women's Studies), Skopje, Macedonia (The Council for Gender Equality), and Kotor, Montenegro (Centre for Women and Peace Education).

Furthermore, activists from the Autonomous Women's Center and the Reconstruction Women's Fund from Belgrade showed their solidarity and participed in the protest too.

The protest was the covered by media, including the Anatolia news agency, Radio Free Europe, Beta, and others.
A small number of police officers attended the protest, and there were no incidents.



Peace action "We will never forget the Srebrenica genocide"
Women in Black attacked in Valjevo

During the peace action "Peace activism - activist cycling", a vigil was held on 8th July 2014, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the main square in Valjevo, entitled "We will never forget the Srebrenica genocide", in mourning and in silence, as part of the commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, when provocations in the form of booing began from the onset.

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Protest, Srebrenica, 10th-11th July 2014

Impressions:
LIVE MONUMENT TO THE VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE IN SREBRENICA
System in Serbia doesn't allow the truth
In Serbia we are not accepted, in BIH we are respected
How safe did I feel on this protest?


WOMEN IN BLACK HELP TO PEOPLE IN JEOPARDY
ALL OVER FLOODED AREAS IN SERBIA
Solidarity in our strength


We remember crimes in Kosovo

Statement on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of crimes against Albanian civilians in Kosovo

Women in Black of Belgrade have marked on 26th of March, at the Republic Square of Belgrade on the occasion of 15th anniversary of crimes over Albanian civilians in Kosovo a peace action-"We remember crimes in Kosovo".

Twenty placards with names of the villages were the crimes have occurred were exposed:
Podujevo - Podujevë, Suva Reka - Suharekë, Cuska - Qyshk, Ljubenic - Lubeniqë, Pavljan - Pavlan, Racak - Reçak, Rogovo - Rogovë, Meja - Meje, Korenica - Korenicë, Trnje - Terrne, Velika i Mala Krusa - Krushë e Madhe dhe Krushë e Vogël, Gornja i Donja Sudimlja - Studime e Epërme dhe Studime e Poshtme, Bela Crkva - Bellacërk, Izbica - Izbicë, Ljubižda –Lubizhdë, Pusto Selo- Pastasel, Rezala - Rrezallë, Poklek - Poklekë, Staro Cikatovo - Çikatovë e Vjetër, Dubrava - Dubravë

Besides, two more transparents were exposed:
- Peace depends of me, of you, of all of us -Paqja varet nga unë, nga ti, nga të gjithë ne
- The peace is not just the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice -Martin Luther King - Paqja nuk është vetëm mungesa e konflikteve, por edhe prania e drejtësisë.- Martin Luther King

The central placard was:
We remember crimes in Kosovo- Kujtojmë krimet në Kosovë

and as well, we have exposed the one on the floor:
- Women in Black against war

Beside the protest, there was a reconstruction of the crime scene, an action with the support of the art collective-Art Clinics from Novi Sad.

Approximately 40 people participated in the protest which was covered by the media and the whole event passed without incident, with police protection.


Due to 8ht of March-International Women`s Day, Women in Black and Reconstruction Women`s Fund have organized street marsh all over Republic Square, Slavija and Center for Cultural Decontamination.

The main slogan was- 'Women-work-hunger! Do not give flowers to us-give us back our enterprises'

Protesting marsh which have started on 8ht of March at 1PM, we indicated on threat to women's labor rights in Serbia (lower-paid, first-fired and double-loaded), as well as on devastating impact of patriarchy, church and certain laws on reproductive rights of women.

In front of procession were drummers and activists who were holding 4 kilometers long violet banner with inscription-main slogan, made of white letters. On the left and on the right were walking activists holding two paroles: `Women, mothers, workers-we do not even have day wages` and `We want to work, not poverty and hunger.`

Followed by other activists who held other slogans which were radical, provocative and subversive.

Among others were paroles: Neither whores nor saints - women only; Register pedophiles, not the women who aborte; No state, no master – just the labor and reproductive rights; Church and God - away from my ovaries; We dispose with our body, mind and money; My body, my mind, my work; I'm not going to give birth for slave labor; Poverty kills; Support for workers in BiH; Capitalism kills;Give us back our factories, For workers; Neither brush nor Borosane, the sunrise for us; Long live the paid work; Our labor law - the horror and terror; Against patriarchy and capitalism; Get rid of false promises, which will be good only for you; Do not discriminate but you employ; Capitalism kills; We walk for those who are prohibited – Women from Banja Luka.

Participants of the marsh were making noise with the help of drums, tambourine, rattles, whistles and cans.

During the marsh starting from the Republic Square, across Kolarčevea street, Terazije, King Milan`s street, to Slavija through megaphones were also heard the key slogans, which were then chanted.

The marsh was completed at the Centre for Cultural Decontamination in socializing and snacks.


Gay icon for 2013th year

As every year, GayEcho portal continues the tradition that declares the male and female gay icon for previous year. These are people whose work and dedication have contributed to greater visibility and better position of the LGBT community in Serbia, or are especially favorite among LGBT population.
The title of the male gay icon for 2013 got the winner of reality show Big Brother, Zarko Stojanovic, for his contribution to greater visibility of the LGBT community and improving the image of the LGBT community in Serbia.
The title of the female gay icon for 2013 received the Women in Black, Staša Zajović, for her many years of advocacy for LGBT rights, for her support of the LGBT community in Serbia and the region, despite the verbal attacks of certain activists, she didn't turn her back to LGBT community.
GayEcho portal is also declared the homophobes for 2013, and it's Zeljko Joksimovic, for his verbal attack on a transgender person Philip Janevski Fifi, participant of X factors Adria.

Ramiz's song


Women in Black

As colourful armies, diplomats and models
Walk the red carpet of the World
(Dressed according to the latest fashion),
And the smell of blood and perfume
Lingers in the air,
You are still wrapped in Antigona's black,
In the Virgin Mary's black, Anne Frank's black,
The black worn by the mothers of Jasenovac, the mothers of Bleiburg,
The mothers of Srebrenica...

I can see you Talking to the raped women of Trnopolje,
Reaching out to the war orphans of Kozara,
Bowing your heads before the detainees of Omarska...

Alas, the black you're wearing,
Is getting more black by the day.
Whereas I so long to see you
Wearing festive clothes in my lifetime.

Today, however,
Might and Arrogance
Shine brightly,
While Truth is wrapped in black.

But soon, young people
Will be talking about the time
When your blackness
On this black land
Was more beautiful than flowers.

Enes Kisevic


Visit the center for asylum seekers

BOGOVADJA

As activists of Women in black and I walked into a cafe in Bogovađa, I experienced shock people sometimes feel when they find themselves in huge multicultural cities where you can see people from all around the world, which is definitely not the case with Belgrade. All this seemed like a parallel world and I remembered how often I had a feeling of being in parallel universe while being in my own country: it also happened while I was volunteering in roma settlement in Karaburma. Getting this kind of feeling is possible because of tendency in Serbia to entirely separate certain minority groups from the society, until it stops being aware of their existence and ignores them till that last, critical point as it has happened here, in Bogovađa. The thing is that nobody made action or spoke about asylum seekers in time. Even in 2011. when it was discovered how there is not enough room in the asylum Center and that hundreds of people are out there in woods without regular supply of food, things were left as they were up to this winter.

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CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS OF THE STATE OF SERBIA ARE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE DENIAL OF
GENOCIDE IN SREBRENICA!
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LOOK AT YOURSELF SERBIA!
20 Years - 20 Mirrors
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PAMTIMO ZLOČINE U ZVORNIKU
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NI JEDNA ŽENA MANJE, NI JEDNA MRTVA VIŠE!
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„PRELAZIMO PRAG“
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SRBIJA NA DAN POBEDE
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APELACIONI SUD NASTAVLJA POLITIKU NEKAŽNJIVOSTI RATNIH ZLOČINA
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KAŽNJIVOST RATNIH ZLOČINA - KORAK KA DOSTIZANJU PRAVDE ZA ŽRTVE
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ŽUC se pridružuje zahtevima CUPS-a i Koalicije i podržava saopštenje
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STOP FEMICIDU I SEKSUALNOM NASILJU!
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STOP THE REPRESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
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NIKADA NEĆEMO ZABORAVITI ZLOČINE U VUKOVARU
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(AUTO) CENZURA – PUT KA FAŠIZMU
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"STOP IMUNITETU I NEKAŽNJIVOSTI PLAVIH ŠLEMOVA"
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DA NE ZABORAVIMO ZLOČIN U SJEVERINU!
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STOP ISRAELI AGGRESSION ON GAZA
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Godišnjica zločina nad srpskim civilima u Orahovcu
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HRANA, NE ORUŽJE
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PAMTIMO/ Kujtojmë krimet në Kosovë
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NE RATU U UKRAJINI!
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SONJA BISERKO NIJE SAMA
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SOLIDARNOST SA FEMINISTKINJAMA U ŠPANIJI
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