Government attempts to abrogate the autonomy of the universities

March 26, 1998

On 26 May the Government of Serbia will ask of the National Assembly to adopt the new University Law. Milosevic’s socialists and Seselj’s extreme nationalists announced that they will adopt the new Law. The new University Law will practically completely abrogate the autonomy of the University. The University will be held as a state-owned enterprise.  The Rector of the University and all deans of the faculties will be directly appointed by the government. Candidates for professors will need the authorisation from the Ministry of Education for becoming  professors of the University. The Government will also form a Main Board and a Supervisory Board. (more…)

Roundway attack on the independent electronic media in Serbia

March 21, 1998

The Yugoslav Telecommunications Ministry has announced the results of the latest frequency tender. The Telecommunications Ministry granted temporary licenses to 247 radio and television stations in Serbia and Montenegro. From those 247 radio and television stations only three are the members of the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM): one radio station and two television stations out of the 21 radio and 17 television stations from the ANEM network. (more…)

Statement on the recent events in Kosovo

March 11, 1998

The Centre strongly condemn the stubborn insistence of the regime in Yugoslavia to solve the problem of Kosovo solely by police repression while refusing to engage in any reasonable dialogue. They should have known that naked violence could result in terrorism. Fight against terrorism is justified but should not result in loss of innocent lives. Terrorism cannot be an excuse for lawlessness and disrespect of humanitarian norms. (more…)

Human Rights Day 1997

December 10, 1997

Unfortunately, not even this December 10, Human Rights Day 1997, is cause for celebration. We mark this day with concern for the situation of people and their rights in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and other states of the former SFRY. We find ourselves in an environment where human dignity is valued less and less. Civic and political rights are still denied and threatened by high-handed authorities, while the judiciary lacks the power to protect them. Economic and social rights are increasingly difficult to realize under widespread conditions of poverty and decline. (more…)

Threats to the Independence of Studio B and Police Brutality in Belgrade

September 30, 1997

On the evening of 30 September 1997, riot police brutally dispersed a crowd of demonstrators in Belgrade injuring and arresting an as-yet unconfirmed number of citizens of that city, demonstrators and accidental passers-by. The peaceful demonstrations were sparked by two related incidents of the same day: the replacement of the Mayor of Belgrade and subsequent dismissal of the Director and Chief Editor of the independent radio-television network Studio B soon afterwards. (more…)