The Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Serbia (YIHR Serbia) calls the President of the Republic of Serbia and the members of the Government not to approach peace in such a delicate situation as if it were established by simply using the word peace in light of the escalating gravity of the situation in the north of Kosovo. Actions and responsible public discourse that prevents the escalation of ethnic hatred is the foundation of a lasting peace. In order to prevent the situation in the northern part of Kosovo from turning violent again, we request that the President of the Republic speak with representatives of the Kosovo Serbs.
Eighteen young people from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo visited Pristina for the first time as part of the Study Visit to Pristina, which was part of Mirëdita, dobar dan! festival from May 4 to 6. During the three-day exchange, students had the opportunity to meet human rights and peace activists, as well as representatives of Kosovo institutions, and discuss minority rights in Kosovo, linguistic segregation, war crimes in Kosovo, as well as about the importance of memorialization.
The tenth jubilee edition of the “Mirëdita, dobar dan!” festival, a unique cultural event that has been organized in Belgrade and Prishtina since 2014, will be held from May 4th to 6th in Prishtina, with the presentation of the modern artistic, cultural, and social scene of Serbia and with raising critical issues concerning both the past and the future in times that represent a great challenge for Kosovo and Serbian society. Citizens of Prishtina will have the opportunity to get to know the Serbian cultural scene, musicians, film, and literary authors.
On the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the beginning of the March 2004 violence in Kosovo, Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo and Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Serbia, are calling their governments to show sincere respect for all victims of ethnically motivated violence in order to start building societies where everyone has the right to live free and to feel safe.
As a network that has been strongly dedicated to reconciliation in the region for almost 20 years, Youth Initiative for Human Rights urges RYCO to take immediate action against the RYCO youth representative from Serbia, Jagos Stojanovic, for his problematic statement, which directly undermines the principles of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in the region.