They brutally manifested total absence of empathy for people in
trouble, not even refraining from violence – they torched a barrack
housing asylum seekers in Obrenovac.
Forced to react against such incidents, the
government decided to shelter the asylum seekers in Sandzak
municipalities. This unfortunately indicates that people in Central
Serbia are not only xenophobic but also Islamophobic, something for
which Serbia’s political and intellectual elite are to be called to
The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
hopes that the asylums seekers would be treated hospitably in
Sandzak and stay there until they set themselves for their final
destinations as inasmuch as possible dignified people.
We also hope this human drama would prompt
Serbia’s government and other relevant institutions to take timely
measures against such humiliating scenes in the future.
International covenants this country has signed make them duty-bound
to react in a proper manner. Moreover, Serbia is also bound by
morality considering numbers of its citizens and others from the
region who have enjoyed hospitality of various countries for years