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Helsinki Charter No. 119-120

May - June 2008




By Sonja Biserko

The outcome of the parliamentary elections this May indicates that Serbia enters a phase in which a state issue /Kosovo/ is no longer decisive for citizens' electoral choice. The "Together for Europe" coalition won the elections when it evidently opted for Europe by signing the Stabilization and Association Agreement and when FIAT announced a contract with "Zastava" automobile industry in Kragujevac. Rationalization of the Serb electorate just hints at normalization of the political scene. By insisting on patriotism the political class wasted the legitimacy it now has to seek in economic and social domains. A socially responsible state is nothing but a catchword for the nostalgic era of the socialist Yugoslavia...   More >>>


Burden of the Past


By Slobodanka Ast

"I've lost two sons, three brothers-in-law, five cousins, two sisters-in-law, my sister burnt to death in her house in Bratunac like many other women.We can never forget this catastrophe we survived, never, never, and can never forget the picture of our Srebrenica, our Potocari, our concentration camp.We cling to one another when reporters interview us.Our sons, husbands, brothers and fathers, our fathers-in-law and brothers-in-law have never been criminals, and that's why I am telling you all this with pride." (Suhra Malic of Srebrenica). A Dalmatian who lost her son gives vent to her terrible pain and bitterness: "They came from the sea and took him away. The curse of the devil on them! They killed our children...   More >>>


Forty Years Later


By Vladimir Gligorov

"We hugely overestimated ourselves and gave ourselves over to the illusion that in the prosperous Federal Republic of Germany a revolution was imaginable. Seen thus, we were like people possessed, who acted in isolation in a room empty of air. We lived a kind of armed existentialism." Astrid Proll (member of a faction of the Red Army, RAF, who served long sentence and now works as a photographer)
The 1968 revolt in the East and the West was not caused by the same reasons and did not result in the same consequences. Besides, in Yugoslavia the causes and consequences were not the same everywhere. That year, apart from student protests all over the Western world, Czechoslovakia was invaded and first major demonstrations broke out in Kosovo and...   More >>>


1968: Forty Years Later


By Nikola Samardzic

In May 1968 France witnessed two revolts - the one by students and the other by workers. Students failed to attract workers to join their demands for general, public interests and radical reforms and achieve a social and economic utopia with their support. However, thought its demands were not fulfilled the student revolt opened a new chapter in the political history of France and expanded the borders of human rights and freedoms. A revolution took place in the new values of the society it tried to destroy - and which destroyed it in turn. Student revolution strongly challenged the left and the right alike. Its end marked the emergence of the era of Euro-communism, terrorism and global crises. The 1968 protests - including the one in Czechoslovakia above all - morally and ideologically...   More >>>


Citizens Defeat Elite


By Teofil Pancic

Post-election "settlement of ground" in Serbia slowly comes to an end. "The casting is over long ago and everyone goes his own way now, " as a poet from Sopot put it. Well, what have we got? We've got a government and we've got an opposition. Great, that's what we wanted, isn't it? Yes, sure. And who we've got in the government? The Democratic Party and the G17, but also the Socialist Party of Serbia & Co., the former have not shared a single political stand until now. And who we've got in the opposition? The Radicals and the Populists, a team that logically tends to brotherhood. They have restrained themselves from hugging each other for long! But we also have the Liberal Democratic Party that has nothing in common with those opposition colleagues but has something in common with a part of the government...   More >>>


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