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Former Yugoslavia: We Will Never Forget the Crimes in Vukovar

Thursday 17 November 2016, by siawi3

Source: WIB-Belgrade, Nov 15 2016

We Will Never Forget the Crimes in Vukovar

November 1991 – November 2016

For the 25 year anniversary of the fall of Vukovar, Women in Black (WiB) will be organizing the following actions:

- Vukovar – The Killing of a City – A street action in Republic Square, Belgrade, will take place on November 18th 2016 from 18:00 – 19:00. All participants will wear black to represent mourning. We will remember one of the most shameful events in the history of Belgrade – the throwing of flowers on to the JNA (Yugoslavian National Army) tanks that were on the destructive path to Vukovar. The “Farewell Ceremony” for the tanks continues to be covered with a vow of silence and denial! We will remind everyone of the 87 days of killing of the city and its inhabitants, and the countless crimes committed in our name…

- Vukovar – The Killing of a City – The opening of an exhibition of photographs by Srdjan Veljović will take place on November 18th 2016 in Šok Koridor 22 (Shock Corridor 22, located in the Zmaj Jovina 22 passage, Novi Sad), the joint action will include MMC Art Klinike (MMC Art Clinic) from Novi Sad and WiB from Belgrade. The exhibition, which will last one month, brings out what most people in this country do not want to acknowledge – the crimes that took place in Vukovar.

- Digital Book for the 25 Year Anniversary of the Fall of Vukovar – (Facts about the killing of a city, the trial for the crimes committed in Vukovar, and the activities of WiB’s commemorations for Vukovar). This book will be posted on the WiB website. This is a contribution to the reconsideration of opinions about the war of the 1990s in the twentieth century, and Serbia’s role in them – the truth about these events must become part of the formal education system, and the undeniable historical truth must be acknowledged in order to change the moral order, value systems, and cultural patterns.

- Request to Place a Memorial Plaque in the Stajićevo and Begejci Camps – (Places of suffering as well as torture of Croatian prisoners following the fall of Vukovar). Serbia has still not released a response to the establishment of these camps, nor for the killing and torture that took place, indicating a continuity of impunity in Serbia!

- Responsibility and Solidarity – On November 19th, 2016, WiB will visit Vukovar, together with the women of Srebrenica and Zvornik (Ðulići, Klisa). In Vukovar, we will pay homage to the victims along with their families, as well as the civilians of Vukovar.

Women in Black

Belgrade, November 15th 2016