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Serbian activists denounce Serbian boycott of ceremony

(09/12-2010) A large number of Serbian human rights activists have signed a petition in which they strongly disapprove their government’s decision to boycott the ceremony of The Nobel Peace Prize bestowal on Liu Xiaobo.

-We, the undersigned, strongly disapprove our government’s decision to place Serbia in the circle of democratically disputable countries the representatives of which will boycott the ceremony of The Nobel Peace Prize bestowal on Liu Xiaobo, the man whose years-long, consistent and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China earned him the respect of the civilized world. A large number of Serbian human rights activists have signed a petition in which they strongly disapprove their government’s decision to boycott the ceremony of The Nobel Peace Prize bestowal on Liu Xiaobo and expresses support to this years' Nobel Peace prize winner. Read the letter, authored by the Serbian Helsinki Committee addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee on our web-site.

10 December 2010: The Serbian Ombudsman was present at the ceremony in Oslo, apparently as a result of protests from civil society and criticism from the European Union.

December 8, 2010

The Norwegian Nobel Committee,

Oslo,

With this petition, we, the undersigned human rights defenders and democracy activists, speak in the name of thousands and thousands of citizens of Serbia, eager to see their country firmly committed to European course and the highest values of the contemporary world.

Hence, we, the undersigned, strongly disapprove our government’s decision to place Serbia in the circle of democratically disputable countries the representatives of which will boycott the ceremony of The Nobel Peace Prize bestowal on Liu Xiaobo, the man whose years-long, consistent and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China earned him the respect of the civilized world.

With this petition we wish the Nobel Committee and the world public to know that really many citizens of Serbia would not back this latest, shameful decision by their government, that they strongly oppose its “political barters” so characteristic for the nationalistic Serbia before and after the wars of 1990s, and that because of these wars’ and other bloody traces of autocratic rules and “greater-nation” policies – subjugating individual rights to “national interests” – they raise their voice against any form of servility to the country that, in the 21st century, commits a human rights activist to prison and holds his family and colleagues under house arrest to prevent them from traveling to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace award on his behalf.

Undersigned,

Aida Ćorović

Aleksandar Popov

Aleksandra Jerkov

Aleksandra Jovićević

Aljoša Mimica

Ana Pribićević

Andrej Nosov

Bashim Hisari

Bojan Đurić

Bojan Kostreš

Bora Todorović

Borka Pavićević

Boško Jakšić

Branimir Stojanović

Branislav Cole Kovačević

Cveta Davičo

Čedomir Jovanović

Daša Duhaček

Dejan Milenković

Dimitrije Boarov

Draga Božinović

Dragoljub Todorović

Dušan Bogdanović

Dušan Mijić

Đorđe Subotić

Fahri Musliu

Gojko Mišković

Goran Miletić

Gordana Pucar

Hana Ćopić

Ivan Andrić

Ivan Kuzminović

Ivan Obradović

Izabela Kisić

Jan Briza

Janja Beč

Jelena Milić

Judita Popović

Katarina Golubović

Kazimir Ćurgus

Kenan Hajdarević

Laslo Vegel

Latinka Perović

Lula Mikijelj

Ljiljana Palibrk

Ljubomir Živkov

Maja Mićić

Maja Sedlarević

Maria Glišić

Marko Karadžić

Milan Antonijević

Milica Tomić

Miloš Vasić

Miljenko Dereta

Mirjana Karanović

Mirjana Miočinović

Mirko Đorđević

Miroslav Filipović

Miroslav Isaković

Miša Brkić

Nataša Kandić

Nataša Mićić

Nataša Novaković

Nebojša Ranđelović

Nenad Čanak

Nenad Milić

Nenad Prokić

Olga Zirojević

Pavel Domonji

Petar Luković

Predrag Koraksić

Predrag Sarapa

Rade Mikijelj

Radmilo Krstić

Ranko Končar

Semiha Kačar

Seška Stanojlović

Slobodan Šijan

Sonja Biserko

Spomenka Grujičić

Srđan Karanović

Staša Zajović

Stipe Sikavica

Tamara Kaliterna

Teofil Pančić

Tomislav Žigmanov

Vera Marković

Vesna Cvejić

Vesna Pešić

Vesna Petrović

Vladimir Arsenijević

Vladimir Ilić

Vladimir Pavićević

Vojin Dimitrijević

Zoran Ostojić

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