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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