Graffiti and Molotov Cocktail against a Muslim Family in Palic
Belgrade, April 24, 2008.
Less than two weeks ago, the RTV B92 and some
newspapers in Serbia carried the Helsinki Committee's information about
fascist graffiti on Zijad Kulovic's house in Palic. Since neither the
police nor local authorities reacted to the incident, Republican
Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic visited the Kulovic family soon after the
information reached him. Thanks to Mr. Jankovic, the graffiti were wiped
out and the police promised to track down perpetrators.
Late last night a Molotov cocktail was hurled at Zijad
Kulovic's house. Today Mr. Kujovic and his son Samir informed the
Helsinki Committee about this latest, more violent assault, which they
had immediately reported to the police. The Committee, for its part,
informed the office of the Republican Ombudsman about new developments.
The Helsinki Committee appeals to all governmental
bodies and political parties to take adequate measures against the
outburst of nationalistic violence that usually intensifies during
election campaigns. The Committee warns that this is not about an
isolated case and that hate speech and gatherings promoting fascism and
clerical nationalism that go unpunished jeopardize human rights of all
citizens of Serbia, but especially of those coming from minority
communities, and at the same time destabilize the state and take it
further away from an European future.
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia