Aida Corovic, human rights defender, threatened by extremist groups in Serbia

December 5, 2013

Aida Corovic, human rights defender from Sandzak, SerbiaCivil Rights Defenders strongly condemns the death threats directed towards Aida Corovic, a leading human rights defender in Sandzak, Serbia, and requests a quick and firm response from the authorities. “We have seen too much tolerance towards radical and extremist groups who use violence and threats”, says Goran Miletic, Programme Director for the Western Balkans of the Stockholm-based NGO. Aida Corovic is head of the organisation Urban–In from Novi Pazar. She has been under strong pressure by extreme Islamic groups as well as local political leaders because of her critical viewpoints on radical interpretations of Islam. Corovic has also criticized what she claims to be political abuse of Islam in Sandzak, and corruption in local institutions. The threats have recently escalated and have compelled the police into giving Aida Corovic around the clock personal protection.  …The threats against Aida Corovic comes only a month after similar threats to Boban Stojanovic, head of Queeria Centre, and leading LGBT activist in Serbia. The only difference in this case is the location and the reasons for the threats. People face very concrete threats against their lives and often are singled out because of their stance on freedom of thought and expression”, said Goran Miletic.

[Sandzak is a region spread across the border regions of Serbia and Montenegro. The majority population in Sandzak is Bosniak. During the Milosevic era the population were subjected to threats ,intimidation because of their Muslim religion and as a result war crimes.]

Civil Rights Defenders – No more tolerance towards radical and extremist groups in Serbia.

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