Decline of all Value Systems
Belgrade, January 31, 2007
The murder of the 17-year-old Branko Nikolic
monstrously testifies of the decline of the value system among the great
majority of young people.
Aghast at the brutality of that murder, the Helsinki
Committee for Human Rights in Serbia underlines that authorized bodies'
legal measures against perpetrators are insufficient by themselves since
taking them should go without saying. Unfortunately, what is still not
taken for granted in Serbia are institutions that should finally and
with full responsibility cope with growing racism, xenophobia and
violence that have particularly taken root in younger generations.
The Helsinki Committee warns again that the attitude
toward the Roma is among the clearest indicators of Fascism in the
Serbian society. The cruel murder of young Branko Nikolic is, therefore,
yet another tragic consequence of political elite's unwillingness and a
great part of the society's inability to break up with the legacy of the
criminal past and channel young people's energy into positive values of
the modern world rather than taciturnly amnesty the culture of violence.