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Autor: ACBiH
Objavljeno: 30. May 2014. 13:05:23

Dear friends of Bosnia and Herzegovina,

We are inviting you to join us along with thousands of people around the globe on May 31, 2014 in the "White Armband Day" campaign that aims to draw attention to the discrimination and continued denial of crimes of the non-Serb population by the local government in the city of Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

This campaign hopes to counter human rights violations such as the police ban of commemorative gatherings of the victims of genocide and the refusal of Prijedor's Mayor, Marko Pavic and the Prijedor local authorities to permit the construction of a memorial for the innocent civilian victims that were killed in the notorious concentration camp at Omarska. In addition, this year, the parents of the 102 non-Serb children that were murdered in Prijedor during the 1992-1995 war of aggression against BiH plan to commemorate White Armband Day with a peaceful protest in order to preserve the memory of those that were killed, and draw attention to the continued discrimination of the non-Serb population in Prijedor. The parents of the children victims have also asked local authorities to allow for the construction of a memorial for the children that were killed in the war, and are currently in the process of gathering 1,000 signatures in order for this particular issue to be entered into the agenda of the local authorities.

On May 31, 1992, the Bosnian Serb authorities in Prijedor issued an order through the local radio stations ordering the non-Serb population to mark their houses with white flags and to put a white armband around their sleeve when leaving their home. This was the beginning of the campaign of extermination of the non-Serb population in Prijedor, which resulted in the ethnic cleansing of 94% of the Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat population from the Prijedor municipality. This was the first time since 1939 - when the Nazi decree required the Polish Jews to wear white armbands with the Star of David on their sleeve - that members of an ethnic or religious group were marked for extermination in such a manner.

In May of 2012, the Prijedor police banned a public gathering commemorating the brutal murder of 266 women and children that occurred in Prijedor during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. In addition, Prijedor's municipal assembly passed a directive to criminally persecute human rights activist from Prijedor, and the local police continues to implement these decisions with vigor.

On December 10, 2012, as the international community commemorated the 64th International Human Rights Day, the Prijedor police placed itself above the Republika Srpska (RS) law and banned a peaceful march that aimed to mark this anniversary.

In 2013, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) uncovered one of the biggest mass graves in the Prijedor municipality at the Tomasica mines. ICMP is in the process of excavating Bosniak and Croat victims that were killed in the summer of 1992 by the Serb forces.

Please join us tomorrow in wearing a white armband and stand in solidarity with the victims of human rights abuses in Prijedor and around the globe. ACBH urges the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the RS to ensure that the police, in their activities and duty, do not discriminate against individuals and organizations based on their ethnicity and call upon the Ministries of Security and Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina to investigate all of the cases of abuse and violation. Lastly, we urge the international and local human rights organizations to stand with us in defending the freedom of peaceful assembly and basic human rights of marginalized groups in Prijedor.

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