Belgrade, Vienna, 31 October 2006. The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) and non-governmental organizations in Serbia, including the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, the Committee of Lawyers for Human Rights and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights are deeply concerned about reported irregularities in the conduct of the referendum on the new Constitution.
Prishtina, 22 June 2006. The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) has been following the human rights situation in Kosovo since the 1980s and has reported on human rights violations there. The IHF has visited Kosovo three times since March 2004.
Despite some improvement in the human rights situation in Kosovo over the last two years, human rights protection in Kosovo remains clearly insufficient. Hence, the IHF decided to undertake a fact-finding mission to focus on some of the remaining and serious human rights problems.
Key developments since May 2003: Serbia and Montenegro acceded to the Mine Ban Treaty on 18 September 2003 and became a State Party on 1 March 2004. Serbia and Montenegro reported that the treaty became an integral part of domestic legislation upon accession. Changes to the penal code have been made in Montenegro and are underway in Serbia. In 2003, a total of 1,460,000 square meters of land was cleared of mines and UXO, according to the Mine Action Center. Clearance operations were completed on the Prevlaka peninsula in 2003.
Vienna, 31 October 2002 - On 28-29 October, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is holding a meeting on "Community policing as a confidence-building measure in minority communities".
More follow-up needed if process is to retain integrity
22 - 27 April 2001 and 19 - 23 May 2001
Participants: Bjørn Engesland, Anne Marit Austbø, Sylo Taraku (Norwegian Helsinki Committee) Mirjana Najcevska (Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia) Ksenia Lazovic (The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia) Joachim Frank (IHF Secretariat)
Vienna, 25 May 2001. The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) today published its report . The 428-page report covers main human rights concerns in the member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the calendar year 2000.
UN Commission for Human Rights, 57th Session, Item 14, Specific Groups and Individuals, (b) Minorities
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Joint Statement of the Croatian Helsinki Committee and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina on unlawful and unconstitutional activities of HDZ and the Position of Croats in BiH,
Process Should Neither Be Opposed Nor Obstructed by the International Community
TO: Ministers of Foreign Affairs, OSCE Ministerial Council
Vienna, 25 September 2000. At a briefing to the OSCE in Vienna on 25 September, the International Helsinki Committee and its members committees from Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bulgaria, called attention to the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Balkans. The briefing took place as part of an EU-funded project in the framework of the Stability Pact.
Vienna, Prishtina, Belgrade, Podgorica, Tirana 26 July 2000. The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) and its Committees in Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro are deeply concerned that ethnic violence against Serbs and other minorities in Kosovo is not being properly and efficiently prevented and investigated by the responsible authorities. Continuation and non-prevention of ethnically and politically motivated violence could lead to deep and long-lasting ethnic hatred that could result in further conflict and perhaps even more widespread violence.