SLOBODA: Last Week in Belgrade and Call for New Action
Whatever action can be made against the attempted murder at The Hague, it
has to be done now!
After the Council of Republics, the upper house of the Yugoslav Parliament
adopted The Declaration on Release of Slobodan Milosevic to be Cured in
Yugoslavia (1), SLOBODA (Freedom) supported by the patriotic parties and
organizations called on great peoples' rally "Freedom for Slobo" on
19, day of the official visit to Belgrade of Kofi Annan, UN
Despite the rally was called and prepared within couple of days, around
10.000 people gathered in Belgrade Republic Square. The speakers included
Professor Velko Valkanov (Bulgaria), founder and Co-Chairman of the
International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic, Chairman of the
Bulgarian Committee for Human Rights and of the Bulgarian Anti-Fascist
Union, long time MP and once presidential candidate of Bulgarian Left, Dr
Vojislav Seselj, actual presidential candidate of the re-united patriotic
opposition in Serbia, Filaret, the Bishop of Milesheva, Kosta Bulatovic,
leader of Kosovo Serbs movement from late 1980s, Dr Bosko Todorovic, writer
and retired general, participant of 1943 Sutjeska battle, Dr Ljubodrag Duci
Simonovic, famous basketball player and leftist activist, Slavica Djukic
Dejanovic, University Professor of Medicine from Kragujevac, Milutin Lujo
Danojlic, writer from Belgrade and Nada Lazarevic, writer from Podgorica.
After the rally, the gathered people demonstrated in Belgrade streets and
finished with new gathering in front of the Federation Palace, surrounded by
strong police forces, where Kofi Annan was holding talks with Kostunica,
Djindjic, Djukanovic and Covic. Speakers demanded that UN Secretary General
receives delegation of the protest. The delegation (Bogoljub Bjelica,
Chairman of Sloboda, Professor Velko Valkanov, ICDSM Co-Chairman, Igor
Raicevic, Chairman of the Assembly of Sloboda) was later invited to the
Palace and met by one of Kostunica's advisers who informed them that Mr.
Annan and his associates have no time to see them, but the UN Office in
Belgrade would receive their letter. After this unsatisfactory answer, the
edge of the protest was redirected against Yugoslav authorities with a
demand to fulfill their constitutional obligation and act in concrete terms
in order to save life of President Milosevic and secure his return to the
country. The protest ended with reading of Open letter to Vojislav Kostunica
(2) and with announcement of further protests.
The protest actions in Belgrade were supported by the most distinguished
Serbian intellectuals (3), law professors (4) and professors of medicine
(5), who, besides Sloboda, addressed Kofi Annan with their appeals and
requested meetings. All these appeals remained unanswered.
On the next day, November 20, the UN Public Inquiries Department from New
York, returned to Sloboda, on behalf of Kofi Annan, a general-type answer
(6) advising that concerns should either come for consideration to UN bodies
from Yugoslav or some-other-country's Permanent Representative to UN or be
solved by action of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira
de Mello (Brazil), based in Geneva.
Sloboda has immediately sent its preliminary appeal (7) to the High
Commissioner. The Belgrade Forum has been the second (8). The other subjects
and organizations from Yugoslavia will follow, trying to wake up sleeping,
blinded or banned from action human rights committees, agencies and
Pressure on Belgrade regime will continue. Pressure on main UN bodies -
Security Council (and its Permanent Members in the first place), General
Assembly and Secretary-General, with High Commissioner for Human Rights
added, as most responsible to prevent a crime under UN auspices should also
LIFE OF PRESIDENT MILOSEVIC IS AT STAKE DUE TO RUTHLESS MURDEROUS BEHAVIOR
OF CARLA DEL PONTE AND OTHER PROVEN HAGUE SERVANTS OF NATO WAR CRIMINALS.
DURING THE NEXT WEEK (WEDNESDAY) THE HAGUE TRIBUNAL WILL FINISH COLLECTION
OF THE ORDERED WRITTEN REPORTS OF THE DUTCH MEDICAL SPECIALISTS ON THE
HEALTH OF PRESIDENT MILOSEVIC. DOCTORS OF NO OTHER NATIONALITY HAVE NOT YET
BEEN PERMITTED TO SEE HIM. HIS KILLING LIFE CONDITIONS REMAIN UNCHANGED.
UNDER MEDICATIONS, HE HAS BEEN PUSHED AGAIN TO THE COURT ROOM TO FACE ONE OF
THE BEST BLACKMAILED WITNESSES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIAL.
ICDSM INTENDS TO SEND AN URGENT MISSION TO THE HAGUE. THEY HAVE TO BE THERE
TO TRY TO PREVENT MANIPULATIONS AND TO PREVENT THE DEATH PENALTY BEFORE THE
END OF THE TRIAL.
WE ALL MUST ACT NOW!
WE CALL THE NATIONAL COMMITTEES, PROGRESSIVE PARTIES AND INDIVIDUALS TO
CONTINUE ADDRESSING THE TRIBUNAL, UN BODIES AND
Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel. +4122 917 9000
Fax +4122 917 9022
WE CALL THE NATIONAL COMMITTEES, PROGRESSIVE PARTIES AND INDIVIDUALS TO ACT
TOWARDS THEIR GOVERNMENTS AND PARLIAMENTS TO STOP THE HAGUE CRIME! WRITERS,
SCIENTISTS, ARTISTS, POLITICIANS, ALL PERSONALITIES WITH DIGNITY SHOULD
RAISE THEIR VOICES!
APPEALS FROM MEDICAL DOCTORS AND LAWYERS ARE OF PARTICULAR VALUE!
LET US FREE JUDICIARY AND LAW FROM THE SHAME OF THE CRIMINAL HAGUE
INQUISITION PAID WITH BLOODY MONEY.
LET US PROCLAIM THE YEAR OF STRUGGLE AGAINST POLITICAL COURTS!
LET US SAVE THE LIFE OF PRESIDENT MILOSEVIC AND HOPE OF SERBIAN AND ALL
N O T E S - A P P E N D I C E S
(1) DECLARATION OF THE UPPER HOUSE OF THE YUGOSLAV PARLIAMENT
On the basis of Article 77 Para 1 and Article 78 points 4 and 5 of the
Constitution of the FR Yugoslavia, the Federal Parliament, in the session of
the Chamber of Republics on November 13, 2002, adopts the following
D E C L A R A T I O N
ON RELEASE OF SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC TO BE CURED IN YUGOSLAVIA
Chamber demands from the Federal Government to perform
all necessary measures in order enable Slobodan Milosevic to return to the
country for medical treatment;
Chamber demands from the Federal Government to submit
urgently appropriate guarantees to the Hague Tribunal in order to make
possible defense of Slobodan Milosevic from freedom after successfully
finished medical treatment;
Chamber demands from the Federal Government, in order to
secure the human rights of Slobodan Milosevic, to make all measures on its
disposal for the protection of Slobodan Milosevic as one suspected by the
Declaration shall be published in the "Official Gazette
(2) OPEN LETTER TO VOJISLAV KOSTUNICA
On April 1,
2001, by your presidential signature, you gave
guarantees that Slobodan Milosevic will not appear before any other court,
except the court of his own country. On June 28, 2001 he was taken from the
prison in Belgrade to the dungeon in The Hague.
The next day,
you have stated that you didn't know about that.
In our country everybody knew, the whole World knew. Everybody, except you.
If you really didn't know, then why, when you finally knew, you haven't
raised your voice, used your presidential authority, reacted as a patriot?
Why haven't you publicly demanded that your predecessor, for many years
President of our country and leader of Serbian people, should return to his
But if you
didn't know, you should have knew that on June 28,
St. Vitus Day, the biggest holyday of Serbian people, the greatest leader of
Serbian people, on shame of Serbian people, had been taken to be judged by
the enemies of the Serbian people.
Today, at The
Hague, before the political court against the
Serbian people, he defends the Serbian people as no man in the history of
Serbian people did. A defeated court and invincible Slobodan Milosevic are
the reason why they decided that he has to be killed. An outrageous crime is
taking place before the eyes of the World.
from you, that on behalf of our nation, our people and
our history, demand his return to the country, to get medical cure and to
conduct his defense as a free man. To continue to prove from freedom what he
already proves from prison - that he is a great man and that Serbian people
is a honorable people.
from you to appear before hundreds of thousands of
citizens of this country who stick to Slobodan Milosevic and to tell them
why you haven't stick to your word.
delivery of Slobodan Milosevic to the Hague tribunal, the
Constitution of this country has been step on. You are the President of this
country and you are the one who uses every opportunity to describe himself
as a legalist. We demand from you to stick to the Constitution and to your
own legalist principles.
from you to know what you have to know, to keep your
word, to respect the Constitution of the country you are a head of - we
demand from you to return to the country for cure and for defense the man
whom we love and whom you should respect.
from you to act as a dignified President and as a
honorable man. He has always been like that. He is like that now. He would
never keep you at the place where this regime sent him. If you don't help
him to be cured here and to live, we will believe that it is because you are
afraid from him. That way you would participate in the crime.
We who stick
to him, will fight for him - until victory, until
Belgrade, November 19, 2002
PEOPLE GATHERED IN THE RALLY "FREEDOM FOR SLOBO!"
(3) APPEAL OF SERBIAN INTELLECTUALS
H.E. Mr. Kofi ANNAN
Secretary General of the
In Belgrade, November 19, 2002
The Organization of United Nations, which you so
competently preside, rests on the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, which summarizes the entire moral experience of humankind and all
basic achievements of civilized life.
One of its first few articles formulates the right
to life for each person (Article 3) and the right of the accused individual
to be considered innocent until his guilt would be proved in a public
tribunal in which all guarantees for his defense are fulfilled (Article 11).
Convinced that you are firmly committed to the
universal realization of these principles,
believing that it is one of established rules of
civilized life that no seriously ill person would be prosecuted until his
health would be restored,
we ask you, your excellency, to use your great
influence and let Mr. Slobodan Milosevic, former President of Yugoslavia,
whose health is seriously impaired and his life in jeopardy, to undergo an
adequate treatment in one of Yugoslav health institutions.
We ask you also, to receive a delegation of Yugoslav
scholars to give you their reasons for this initiative.
Professor Mihailo Markovic, Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and
Professor Milos Macura, Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Professor Kosta Mihailovic, Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and
Professor Ivan Maksimovic, Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and
Professor Cedomir Popov, Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Professor Oskar Kovac, Belgrade University
Professor Rados Smiljkovic, Belgrade University
Professor Vladimir Stambuk, Belgrade University
Professor Milos Aleksic, Belgrade University
Professor Ivan Radosavljevic, Belgrade University
Professor Aleksandar Pavlovic, Belgrade University of Arts
Professor Miroljub Jevtic, Belgrade University
Professor Ilija Vukovic, Belgrade University
Professor Dragomir Draskovic, Belgrade University
Professor Slavenko Terzic, Historical Institute of the Serbian Academy of
Sciences and Arts
Dr Darko Nadic, Belgrade University
Dr Milan Jovanovic, Belgrade University
(4) APPEAL OF SERBIAN LAW PROFESSORS
FACULTY OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE
Bulevar Revolucije 67, 11000 Belgrade, YUGOSLAVIA
In Belgrade, 19 November 2002
To H.E. Mr. Kofi ANNAN
Secretary General of the United Nations
concerned regarding the health of the former Yugoslav
President Mr. Slobodan Milosevic, which has deteriorated due to the
exhausting and illegal ongoing procedure before the Tribunal at The Hague,
as well as due to inhumane conditions of his detention, we, the undersigned
lawyers, appeal to you to use your influence and authority so that Mr.
Milosevic could be allowed to receive treatment at an appropriate medical
facility in Yugoslavia.
We would be
grateful if your Excellency would meet with a group
of Yugoslav lawyers, which would be able to furnish you with additional
information on the severe breaches of legal and ethical principles of the
ongoing procedure before the Tribunal.
Smilja Avramov, Professor of International Law at the University of
former President of the International
Ljubisa Lazarevic, University Professor
Kosta Cavoski, University Professor
Mirjana Stefanovski, University Professor
Dragutin Soskic, University Professor, former Dean of the Faculty of Law
of the University of Belgrade
Oliver Antic, University Professor, former Dean of the Faculty of Law
of the University of Belgrade
Ratko Markovic, University Professor
Zoran Stojanovic, University Professor, President of the Council
of the Faculty of Law of the
University of Belgrade
Vladan Joncic, Senior University Lecturer
Branko Rakic, Senior University Lecturer
(5) APPEAL OF SERBIAN PHYSICIANS
TO THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION
H.E. Kofi Annan
University Professors of medicine, of different
specializations, we feel an ethical obligation to warn you that the state of
health of the former Yugoslav President Mr. Slobodan Milosevic is very
serious and if no measure would be undertaken, his life could be at stake.
specialists' medical examinations of Mr. Milosevic made
mid last year in Yugoslavia at the Military Medical Academy, a hypertrophy
of the myocardial left coronary chamber (so-called "coronary bridge")
established, as well as suspected angina pectoris.
examinations made in The Netherlands in July this year,
confirmed these conclusions and found extreme hypertension.
conditions in which Slobodan Milosevic lives,
intensity of the process conducted against him, hundreds of thousands of
pages submitted to him as evidence, irregular meals, lack of being in fresh
air - all that seriously damages his health and puts under the question even
We address to
you, your Excellency, with a request to use your
authority and make possible release of Mr. Slobodan Milosevic for the
therapy in Yugoslavia.
We also ask
you for a reception, on behalf of numerous Yugoslav
medical experts, who already sent you their common appeal, in order to
inform you in more detail about the health condition of Mr. Milosevic and to
present to you further argumentation for this request.
the assurances of our highest consideration.
In Belgrade, November 19, 2002
Professor Svetomir Stozinic, MD, PhD, cardiologist, Member of the
Medical Sciences of the Serbian Physicians' Society
Professor Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, MD, PhD, neuro-psyhiatrist
Professor Vojislav Suvakovic, MD, PhD, infectologist, Member of the
Medical Sciences of the Serbian Physicians' Society
(6) RESPOND FROM THE UNITED NATIONS
On behalf of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, I wish to acknowledge
receipt of your email, which has been referred to this office for reply.
The Secretary-General regrets that due to the demands of his official
duties, he is unable to respond personally.
I am sure you will understand that the Secretary-General cannot act alone
and that he must have the support of the Member States of the Organization
in order to bring any proposal before the General Assembly.
we therefore urge you to contact your official representative to the United
Nations, who could present your suggestion to the United Nations so that it
might be duly inscribed on the Organizational agenda and voted by the
Membership. Under the circumstances, however, we feel that you would fare
better by re-directing your concerns to the Office of the UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights. The email address for that office is
We hope this information will be helpful to you.
Thanks again for your support of the United Nations and
for taking the
time to write to us.
UN Public Inquiries
(7) SLOBODA TO UNHCHR
Belgrade, November 19th, 2002
H.E. Mr. Sergio de MELLO
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The life of the long time democratically elected
President of the Republic of Serbia and of the Federal Republic of
Yugoslavia Mr. Slobodan Milosevic is at stake. All the professional medical
reports confirm that.
Detention conditions, rhythm of the process and lack
of medical care at ICTY directly contradict to necessary life conditions for
a patient suffering from malignant hypertension and ischemical
myocardiopathy (angina pectoris). Heart attack, stroke or even sudden death
are imminent threat to President Milosevic in his present conditions. That
requires urgent action to save a human life.
Numerous organizations and individuals from
Yugoslavia and other countries, including many lawyers and medical doctors,
some of them members of Nobel Prize winning organization International
Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, are sending their appeals to
the ICTY at The Hague and directly to UN Organization, demanding that the
life of President Milosevic has to be saved and accordingly, that he has to
be allowed to settle his health condition in Yugoslavia under supervision of
the medical doctors who took care about his health for years, to get
adequate time to prepare for the continuation of the process in which he has
to be allowed to participate as a free man, since he stated several times
that he has no intention to flee from that battle.
The broadest public and majority of the people in
Yugoslavia are extremely concerned. Continuation of the process and lack of
appropriate decision by ICTY they understand as an intention of the
politically motivated structure to liquidate physically President Milosevic
after their total failure to prove the fabricated charges against him.
Understanding for these popular filings means responsibility for the
stability of our part of Europe and the World. Recently, the Council of
Republics, the upper chamber of Yugoslav Parliament adopted a declaration
demanding return of Slobodan Milosevic to Yugoslavia for medical treatment
and his defense from freedom. You are certainly aware that the Federal
Constitutional Court of Yugoslavia declared the decrees which were basis for
abduction and surrender of President Milosevic to ICTY unconstitutional and
illegal. Many lawyers and politicians complain against the illegal and
biased character of ICTY, its systematic practice of human rights violation
and its violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights and UN GA adopted Resolution on the Principles of Medical Ethics and
Codex of Behavior of Persons Responsible for the Application of Law in this
Our non-partisan, non-profit organization "Sloboda
(Freedom)" - Yugoslav Committee for the Defense of Slobodan Milosevic is
considered as main organization to protect human and civil rights of
President Milosevic. In that capacity we have addressed to the UN Secretary
General Mr. Kofi Annan, during his recent official visit to Belgrade, as to
the individual most responsible for the protection of universal humanistic
principles on which the World Organization is based and we have expressed
the unanimous demand of the Yugoslav public and of thousands who gathered on
November 19 in Belgrade: Prevent a crime under UN auspices! Save the life of
President Milosevic! Set him free to get necessary cure and recovery in his
own country and to prepare to further stand for the truth as a free man!
Same demands were sent to Mr. Annan by number of most prominent Yugoslav
scholars, lawyers, physicians.
We are sending now this appeal to you, Mr. Mello,
with a feeling that this may be one of the last chances to establish justice
and to save a human life. Since there is no body in UN system to control on
proper legal grounds the works of the ICTY at The Hague, we believe that the
highest moral responsibility that your office bears anyhow, is in this case
doubled. We also count that your personal experience from successfully
finished UN missions in our region will help you to act properly and
immediately in this urgent and dramatic situation.
For your better acquaintance with the problem, we
attach some additional information and documents. We will also be free to
submit to you some more materials in the following days. For your reply or
any additional clarification, our office can be contacted by phone No. +381
63 8862 301 or by fax +381 11 630 549 or via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Expressing once again our highest consideration,
On behalf of "Sloboda (Freedom)" Association - the
Yugoslav Committee for the Defense of Slobodan Milosevic,
Bogoljub Bjelica, president
(8) BELGRADE FORUM APPEAL
- Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the UN
- Sergio Vieira de Mello, UNHCHR
- UNHCHR Belgrade Office, Towle Richard
APPEAL FOR THE PROVISIONAL RELEASE
AND MEDICAL TREATMENT OF MR. SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC
Done in Belgrade on November 7th 2002
The health of Mr. Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav President, has
recently deteriorated to such an extent that his life is in danger. We
appeal to all people of Europe, The Americas and the whole world to support
and join us in our request for his provisional release, which in turn would
allow for the proper medical treatment.
The state of Mr. Milosevic`s health has bean constantly deteriorating since
his imprisonment in Scheweningen. Just before the present break in the
proceedings the Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the
Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) expressed the view that the state of Mr.
Milosevic`s health is alarming. The seven days long break in the proceedings
cannot solve the problem. We therefore propose the break in the proceedings
until Mr. Milosevic is fully recovered and his immediate provisional
We recall the UN General Assembly's Resolution No. 3794 of 18 December 1982
which imposes an obligation on medical doctors and other medical staff to
provide persons in prison or detention with medical care of the same quality
and in accordance with same standards like of those persons who are not
detaineed. We also recall Article 6 of the UN General Assembly`s Codex
Relating to Behaviour of Persons Responsible for Implementation of Law of 17
December 1979, which imposes an obligation on all courts to take adequate
steps for the protection of health of persons under their jurisdiction.
It is well known to the Yugoslav and world public that the conditions in
Scheweningen detention centre do not meet the requirements of the quoted UN
documents and that Mr. Milosevic is not accorded medical care that his state
of health requires. It is also well known that the tempo of the trial is
merciless and amount of documents delivered to Mr. Milosevic by the
prosecution is so overwhelming that their reading necessitates efforts
impossible for any human being to meet. All of this, coupled with the lack
of resting time, has lead to the aggrevated state of his health.
For this reason we call upon the President of the ICTY Mr. Claude Jorda and
the Presiding Judge May to order the provisionaol release of Mr. Milosevic
and the break in the proceedings until such time Mr. Milosevic is fully
recovered. He simply must receive medical treatment in accordance with the
international standards, in Yugoslavia, with the engagement of his personal
The Yugoslav authorities have done nothing so far to help the defence of Mr.
Slobodan Milosevic or to protect his human rights. We remind the authorities
of Yugoslavia and Serbia that they have the constitutional obligation to
provide their citizens abroad with all the necessary protection. Other
states do protect their citizens and their dignity. We therefore call upon
the Yugoslav and Serbian authorities to fullfil their duty of protection in
respect of Mr. Slobodan Milosevic and to officially request the UN Security
Council, human rights organizations and the ICTY to take steps which will
lead to the provisional release of Mr. Milosevic, as well as for the break
in the poroceedings until he is fully recovered. We also call upon the FRY
and Serbian authorities to give all necessary guarantees required for Mr.
Milosevic to receive medical care in Yugoslavia from his personal doctors.
WE APPEAL to the UN General Assembly, Security Council and all
non-governmental organizations in the UN system, as well as to other NGO`s,
to support this humanitarian initiative and thus contribute to the
protection of the basic human rights of Mr. Slobodan Milosevic, including
his right to life.
WE CALL UPON all world intellectuals, international lawyers, politicians,
public figures, artists, as well as their associations, to join us in our
There was enough of tragedy for the Serbs imprisoned in Scheweningen under
the auspices of the UN. To be quiet and to allow yet another to happen due
to the lack of care is a luxury we simply cannot afford.
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