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Serbia has not Broken with Milosevic Yet

Press release

Belgrade, March 15, 2006


The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia takes that numerous factors at Serbia's political scene have seized Slobodan Milosevic's death as the most welcome opportunity not only to continue denying any responsibility for the policy he had pursued over his 13-year rule, but also to call to account everyone other than the masterminds and executioners of this genocidal policy.

The anti-Hague campaign that is in full swing in the media actually devastates any reformist validity of today's Serbia through the way she presents herself to the world on this specific occasion. The manner in which the broadcast media, particularly the Radio & Television of Serbia as the public broadcasting service, and the print media under the government's control such as Politika and Vecernje Novosti cover the death of Slobodan Milosevic nothing but further radicalizes Serbia and isolates her from both her neighbors and the world. The messages that are being passed through these days are echoes of those the people in the dock have bombarded us with for years - The Hague Tribunal kills Serbs to curb the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth; The Hague Tribunal is a political frame-up against Serbia; the indictment against Milosevic was ungrounded; the Tribunal should be immediately closed down as an incompetent institution, etc. A strategy as such is probably best mirrored in the fact that all Serbian detainees in The Hague begun to refuse medical treatments under the pretext that they trusted not the Tribunal.

Obviously, all this is about a well-planned strategy aimed at compromising The Hague Tribunal and putting an end to the cooperation with it. In this context, the government's latest promises that Ratko Mladic and other indictees would be extradited quite soon are as open to doubt like all other previous excuses.

Serbia is bound to take a clear-cut position on Milosevic's legacy and concrete measures to dismantle the policy he has symbolized.



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