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Eduard Freudmann on Thu, 9 Jul 2009 22:24:27 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> Call for international solidarity against fencing Roma settlements in Belgrade


PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD



*UNITED (international) neighborhood against racism
- action against fencing Roma settlements in Belgrade*

Three months before the opening of the Universiade[1], Belgrade's City
Secretariat for Inspections decided to destroy the Roma slum settlement
located right next to the athlete's village "Belleville", residential area
for athletes built for this occasion. On April the 3rd 2009 all of a sudden
a couple of bulldozers showed up at the settlement and demolished 40
houses.

As a consequence of this, a series of public protests opposing the
humiliating policy was organized, and it made a public pressure on the City
Secretariat's decision-makers to an extent that they did not dare to
terminate what they started: the total erasure of the settlement. The new
strategy is to erase the settlement's visibility and to ban its residents
from the streets. On June 16th 2009, a metal fence was built around the
settlement. The fence is guarded by police and security staff on both
sides, inside and outside the settlement.

We demand that the fence around the Roma settlement in Block 67 is removed
IMMEDIATELY. We demand that the City of Belgrade finally assumes its
responsibility to improve the unacceptable living conditions of tens of
thousands Belgrade citizens who are forced to live in one of the
approximately 150 slum settlements all over the city.

No to ghettoization of our neighborhood "for the benefit of the city"!  No
to Universiade or any public event if it is at the expense of human
dignity!  No to the authorities that value capital over human life and use
racist strategies to manage their policies!

Other Scene (Druga scena) and (international) friends Platform of Belgrade
independent cultural and activist scene

LINKS:

www.drugascena.org

http://picasaweb.google.com/jeremic.vladan/NaseljePosleRusenja#5321280137444794258

http://www.archive.org/details/BELLEVILLE
http://www.dur.org.rs/cms/
http://www.youtube.com/user/pravonanaseljetv

*WE CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY:*

A) *SIGN THE PETITION*

http://www.petitiononline.com/01101102/petition.html

B)    *CONTACT THE FOLLOWING:*

(1) Mayor's office of the City of Belgrade; (2) President's Office of the
Republic of Serbia; (3) International University Sports Federation
(organizing the Universiade in Belgrade); (4) Your nearest Serbian embassy
or consulate.

POSSIBLE MODEL FOR THE LETTER:

(1) Mayor's Office:

E-mail: natasa.golubovic {AT} beogradsg.org.yu
Head of Office, tel: 3246-764, 3229-787
tel: 3247-424, tel/fax: 3344-675
Natasa Golubovic
independent expert associate in international affairs

Dear Mr Djilas:

I am writing to express my outrage at the recent intensified racist
measures implemented by Belgrade authorities. As I am informed, the city
authorities built the metal fence around Roma settlements in Block 67, near
University village Belville in New Belgrade. This strategy of ghettoisation
which tries to erase the settlements' visibility for the benefit of
building a beautiful image of the city for Univerziade contest and to ban
its residents from the streets is unacceptable.

I demand that you take all necessary measurments for removing the fence
around the Roma settlements in the Block 67 IMMEDIATELY. As well, I demand
that the City of Belgrade finally assumes its responsibility to improve the
unacceptable living conditions of tens of thousands Belgrade citizens who
are forced to live in one of the approximately 150 slum settlements all
over the city.

Belgrade can not expect to rebrand itself in the eyes of the world by
hosting Universiade  contests  if it is at the expense of human dignity.

I demand that your government respond and meet its obligations under a
number of international conventions (Roma Decade is one of them!) and work
towards securing the rights of Roma residents instead of deploying fences
and police forces to suppress them.

Kind regards,

____________

(2) President of the Republic of Serbia:

GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF THE
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
Andricev venac 1, 11000 Beograd, Serbia
tel: +381 (0)11 3632-007, 3632-136
e-mail: kontakt.predsednik {AT} predsednik.rs
www.predsednik.rs

Dear Mr Tadic:

I am writing to express my outrage at the recent intensified racist
measures implemented by Belgrade authorities. As I am informed, the city
authorities built the metal fence around Roma settlements in Block 67, near
University village Belville in New Belgrade. This strategy of ghettoisation
which tries to erase the settlements' visibility for the benefit of
building a beautiful image of the city for Univerziade contest and to ban
its residents from the streets is unacceptable.

I demand that you take all necessary measurments for removing the fence
around the Roma settlements in the Block 67 IMMEDIATELY. As well, I demand
that the City of Belgrade and Serbian government finally assumes its
responsibility to improve the unacceptable living conditions of tens of
thousands Belgrade citizens who are forced to live in one of the
approximately 150 slum settlements all over the city.

Belgrade can not expect to rebrand itself in the eyes of the world by
hosting Universiade  contests  if it is at the expense of human dignity.

I demand that your government respond and meet its obligations under a
number of international conventions (Roma Decade is one of them!) and work
towards securing the rights of Roma residents instead of deploying fences
and police forces to suppress them.

Kind regards,

-------------------------------

3) International University Sports Federation
http://fisu.net/en/Accueil-950.html

e-mail: fisu {AT} fisu.net

Dear Sir/Madamme,

I am writing to express my outrage at the recent intensified racist
measures implemented by Belgrade authorities before and during Universiade.
As I am informed, the city authorities built the metal fence around Roma
settlements in Block 67, near University village Belville, new built
residential area for sportsman of Universiade in New Belgrade. This
strategy of ghettoisation which tries to erase the settlements' visibility
for the benefit of building a beautiful image of the city for Univerziade
contest and to ban its residents from the streets is unacceptable.

I demand that you take all necessary measurements to express your
disagreement with this racist politics and ask for removing the fence
around the Roma settlements in the Block 67 IMMEDIATELY.

Kind regards,

________________________________

[1] The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival
which is staged every two years in a different city and which is second in
importance only to the Olympic Games. The word "Universiade" comes from
"university" and "Olympiad", and means Olympic games for students.


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