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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion: Summary of cases transmitted to Governments and replies received, A/HRC/14/23/Add.1, 1 June 2010: Serbia


Letter of allegations 

2130. On 19 January 2010, the Special Rapporteur, together with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, sent a letter of allegations concerning Mr. Marko Karadzic, State Secretary of the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights of the Republic of Serbia.

2131. According to the new information received, on 8 January 2010, Mr. Marko Karadzic’s apartment was broken into by unknown individuals. Apart from some cash no other valuables have been reported missing.

2132. At the same time, a graffiti by the organization “Crna Ruka” (Black Hand) appeared near Mr. Karadzic’s apartment in Belgrade. The same organization posted obscene posters of Mr. Karadzic in Pancevo at the beginning of 2009.

2133. Concern was expressed that the harassment of Mr. Marko Karadzic might be related to his peaceful activities defending human rights, in particular his advocacy for the adoption of the Anti-Discrimination Law; his public stance against the eviction of Roma families; his call on the Government to ban extremist right wing organizations advocating violence against the Roma and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and his comments rejecting political statements about the implied superiority of Serbs over other minorities living in Serbia.

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