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Ivo Skoric on Fri, 30 Apr 1999 11:46:15 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> ivogram 042999: refugees, roma, women's call


Ivo Skoric <ivo {AT} reporters.net>
         (Fwd) Re: Refugee finder
         (Fwd) Roma and the Kosovo conflict
         (Fwd) Urgent appeal ex Yugoslavia - Join the women's call!!

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From: "Ivo Skoric" <ivo {AT} reporters.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 12:37:45 +0000
Subject: (Fwd) Re: Refugee finder

there is also a web site 
containing records of refugees registered in Macedonia, so far they 
have about 65, 000 people registered.

Its address is http://www.refugjat.org/.

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From: "Ivo Skoric" <ivo {AT} reporters.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 13:02:11 +0000
Subject: (Fwd) Roma and the Kosovo conflict

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Tatjana Peric <tatjana {AT} errc.org> on 04/22/99 05:14:10 AM
Please respond to Tatjana Peric <tatjana {AT} errc.org>

To:  hCa Youth Network <hca-youth {AT} igc.org>, hCa <hca_icc {AT} list.ecn.cz>
cc:  (bcc: Marko C. Maglich/STUDENTS/FIRE)

Subject:  Roma and the Kosovo conflict


For those interested how the Romani community has been affected by the
Kosovo conflict, please go to:
http://errc.org/

Tanja

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From: "Ivo Skoric" <ivo {AT} reporters.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 13:02:22 +0000
Subject: (Fwd) URGENT APPEAL EX YUGOSLAVIA - JOIN THE WOMEN'S CALL!!!!

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>
>April 28th, 1999
>
>
>Dear Friends,
>
>PLEASE GIVE ALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS APPEAL AND WIDELY CIRCULATE IT
>
>Last week at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, a number of
>women's human rights defenders, advocates and friends who had been in
>constant touch with each other as well as with our feminist pacifist
>friends in the Former Yugoslavia since the beginning of the war, finalized
>a statement in response to the recent catastrophe now happening in the
>Former Yugoslavia. The statement below was discussed by a number of women's
>groups and personalities in Geneva.
>It takes into account demands, analysis and statements that have been made
>in the past few weeks by feminists, pacifists and independent NGOs in
>Belgrade (some of which have been attached to our statement, as supportive
>documents), supported by their counterparts in others countries of the
>Former Yugoslavia.
>
>We urge all of you to send it to national organizations or networks for
>signature. This statement including the list of signatories will be brought
>to the women's forum at the Hague Appeal for Peace this coming May 11 - 15.
>
>SEND IT BACK TO US BEFORE MAY 9, 1999, AND INDICATE YOUR ORGANISATION AND
>COUNTRY.
>


ATTACHED DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR INFORMATION
_______________________________________
1. A STATEMENT BY A WOMEN'S ORGANISATION IN ZAGREB SUPPORTING PACIFISTS
FEMINISTS IN BELGRADE
2. THE BELGRADE 17 NGO APPEAL
3. WOMEN IN BLACK BELGRADE APPEAL TO NATO GOVERNMENTS
5. THE OPPRESSIVE MEASURES OF THE REGIME IN SERBIA AND THE CORRESPONDING
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SITUATIONS : A JANUARY 99 ANALYSIS
6. A CALL FROM YUGOSLAV NGOs FOR PACIFISTS FEMINISTS DEMOCRATS TO STAY IN
TOUCH WITH THEM VIA INTERNET

1.
>Statement regarding the air attacks to Yugoslavia
>Thu, 1 Apr 1999
>from: "B.a.B.e."
>
>B.a.B.e. - Be active, Be emancipated - Women's Human Rights Group accuses
>and condemns any military performance, like NATO's, although we hope that
>destruction of Milosevics' war industry will prevent further war actions.
>
>We remember that during last nine years, women's and peace groups activists
>expressed an impressive level of civil courage through opposing the ruling
>nationalistic and militant ideology. We are proud that we have cooperated
>with numerous women's groups in Yugoslavia, such as Women in Black, who
>have been protesting, every Wednesday in the last 7 years against war and
>hatred towards other nationalities: Albanians, Bosnians, Croatians.
>
>We also remember our cooperation with women's group Motrat Qiriazi, from
>Pristina, whose activists were educating women in rural Albania. They have
>spread ideas of peace and culture of nonviolence.
>
>We know that victories and successes of every nation are shown on
>warrior/diplomat male faces, since suffers and defeats are visible on
>female bodies and souls. Therefore we are supporting those women's groups,
>knowing they will work out their mission of spreading tolerance and
>international understanding, despite extremely difficult conditions.
>
>
>B.a.B.e. (Be active, Be emancipated) Women's Human Rights Group
>Prilaz Gjure Dezelica 26/II, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia
>Tel/Fax: +385 1 4846 176 Tel: +385 1 4846 180
>E-mail: babe {AT} zamir.net
>CyberBaBe: http://www.interlog.com/~moyra/
>
*   *   *

2.
>BELGRADE 17-NGO APPEAL
>
>        Deeply shocked by NATO strikes devastation of our country and the
>plight of Kosovo Albanians, we, the representatives of non-governmental
>organizations and the Nezavisnost Trade Union Confederation, energetically
>demand from those who have created this tragedy to immediately take all
>necessary steps to create conditions for the resumption of peace process.
>        For two weeks now the most powerful military, political and
>economic countries in the world have been killing people and destroying
>military and civilian facilities, bridges, railway lines, factories,
>heating plants, storage facilities and fuel tanks. This has produced an
>exodus of unprecedented proportions. Hundreds of thousands of Yugoslavs,
>primarily ethnic Albanians, are forced to leave their devastated homes to
>escape the bombing and military actions of the regime and KLA, in the hope
>that they will find salvation in the tragic status of refugee.
>        It is obvious that all this leads to a catastrophe and that a
>negotiated and peaceful solution to the Kosovo problem, which we have urged
>for years, is now farther than ever.
>        Our effort to develop democracy and a civic society in Yugoslavia
>and help it restore its membership of all international institutions have
>taken place under constant pressure by the Serbian regime.
>        We, the representatives of civil groups and organizations, have
>courageously and consistently fought against every war-mongering and
>nationalistic policy, and for the respect of human rights, and particularly
>against the repression of Kosovo Albanians. We have always insisted on the
>respect of their human rights and freedoms and on the restoration of
>autonomy for Kosovo. Throughout this period, Serb and Albanian civil
>society groups were the only ones to retain contacts and co-operation.
>        The NATO intervention has destroyed everything that has been
>achieved so far and the very survival of the civic society in Serbia.
>        Faced with the current tragic situation, we put up the following
>demands in the name of humanity and values and ideas that have been guiding
>us in our activities:
>
> We demand an immediate cessation of bombing and all armed operations;
> We demand the resumption of peace process with international mediation at
>the regional (Balkan) and European level, as well as in the United Nations;
> We demand from the European Union and Russia to take their charge of
>responsibility for finding a peaceful solution to the crisis;
> We demand an end to the practice of ethnic cleansing and repatriation of
>all refugees;
> We demand support for peace, stability and democratization of Montenegro
>and every possible action aimed at helping this republic alleviate the
>disastrous consequences of the refugee crisis;
> We demand from Serbian and international media to report professionally
>and impartially about current developments, to refrain from participation
>in the media war and from tanning inter-ethnic hatred, hysteria and
>glorification of force as the only reasonable way out of the crisis.
>
>We are unable to achieve this on our own.
>We expect from you to support our demands and help us realise them through
>your actions and initiatives.
>n Association of Citizens for Democracy, Social Justice and Support for
>Trade Unions
>n Belgrade Circle
>n Center for Cultural Decontamination
>n Center for Democracy and Free Elections
>n Center for Transition to Democracy
>n Civic Initiatives
>n EKO Center
>n European Movement in Serbia
>n Forum for Ethnic Relations and Foundation for Peace and Crisis Management
>n Group 484
>n Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
>n Students Union of Serbia
>n Union for Truth About Anti-Fascist Resistance
>n VIN: Weekly Video News
>n Women in Black
>n Yugoslavian Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, and
>n NEZAVISNOST Trade Union Confederation.
>Belgrade, April 9, 1999.
>
>*   *   *
3.
WOMEN IN BLACK AGAINST WAR
>AN APPEAL TO GOVERNMENTS MEMBERS OF NATO
>
>Ever since 1991 Women in Black against War from Belgrade have been actively
>working for peace and non violence. The policy which characterizes Women in
>Black against War begins with confronting with every form of violence, war,
>militarism, nationalism. Since 1991 the biggest casualty on the territory
>of Former Yugoslavia has been the civilian population. It is happening
>again now.
>
>Values which we are supporting are life, solidarity, respecting of
>differences. For 8 years already we have been developing a network of
>exchange and solidarity against war which involves women from all the
>continents, among them are of course, also women from countries of NATO.
>
>As a women's organization which has always been engaged against militarism,
>that is, against all forms of military intervention, this time too it is
>against the military intervention of NATO against FRY.
>
>Until now we have always had support and solidarity from women's and peace
>movement in Europe and USA. Unfortunately, the governments of these
>countries didn't take into account the work of the peace movements in their
>countries let alone the activity of the peace movement in FRY.
>
>We, Women in Black against War from Belgrade demand from the governments
>members of the NATO:
>
>TO STOP IMMEDIATELY THE BOMBINGS ON THE TERRITORY OF FRY;
>
>TO ESTABLISH THE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS AND AN INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE
>ON BALKANS;
>
>TO ENABLE THE REFUGEES, EXPELLED AND DISPLACED POPULATION FROM KOSOVO IF
>THEY WISH TO, TO COME BACK OR GO TO THIRD COUNTRIES;
>
>WE DEMAND FROM WOMEN IN BLACK AND ALL WOMEN'S PEACE ORGANIZATIONS TO GIVE
>THIS APPEAL TO THEIR GOVERNMENTS.
>
>Human rights and democracy cannot be imposed by bombs and weapons but can
>only be instigated by negotiations and support to all powers which are
>firmly for human rights and democracy.
>
>Belgrade, 20th April 1999
>WOMEN IN BLACK AGAINST WAR
>
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