Sunday, August 3, 2014

Serbia: Defend and protect rights defenders !

Monday 28 July 2014, by siawi3

Statement in defense of rights defenders Women In Black - Belgrade and founder Stasa Zajovic

The individuals and organizations undersigned note with concern the increasing violence against the women’s peace organisation Women in Black - Belgrade, and in particular against its founder, Stasa Zajovic, who has been targeted repeatedly in the past few months by extreme-right political groups and individuals, as well as harassed by the police and justice system in her country.  will remain alert and closely monitor Serbian authorities’ actions to ensure Stasa Zajovic’s safety.

First Signatories :
Marieme Helie Lucas, International Co-ordinator Secularism Is A Women’s Issue
Karima Bennoune, Professor of Law and Martin Luther King Jr. Hall Research Scholar, 
University of California-Davis School of Law, Former Legal Advisor, Amnesty International.
Lynn Freedman, Professor, Columbia University, New York
Nira Yuval Davis, Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London; founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism, founder member of the international research network on women in militarized conflict zone
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of One Law for All, Council of Ex-Muslims and Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation.
Jennifer Green
, Associate Professor, Director of Human Rights Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School
Virginia Vargas, Articulacion Feminista Marcosur, Peru
Anissa Helie, Professor of History, John Jay College, New York
Lalia Ducos, President, Women’s Initiative for Citizenship and Universal Rights
Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizen’s Web
Soad Baba Aïssa, AMEL Association pour la Mixité, l’Egalité et la Laïcité
Georgina Ashworth, founder of CHANGE International Women’s Reports
Indai Lourdes Sajor
Gender and Women, Peace and Security Adviser/Consultant
Fatou Sow, International Director 
Women Living Under Muslim Laws
Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director Center for Women’s Global Leadership, distinguished professor Department of Women and Gender Studies Rutgers University
Cynthia Rothschild, human rights consultant and activist
Edmée Ollagnier, docteur en psychologie – Genève
Rina Nissim, naturopathe et auteure - Genève