'She became our voice': Albright hailed by world leaders
As she pressed the Clinton administration into action against Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic over war crimes in the Balkans, Madeleine Albright would harken back to her own childhood as a refugee from Czechoslovakia who fled the Nazis in war-torn Europe.
UK tribunal to hear witnesses on China genocide accusations
Organizer Nick Vetch said Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, a eight-member panel who will act as jury has been finalized. The panel has been selected to represent diverse backgrounds and no expert on China was included on purpose, Vetch said. In declaring genocide, Pompeo cited widespread forced birth control and forced labor among Uighurs. China denies any abuses and insists that the steps it has taken are necessary to combat terrorism and a separatist movement. AdVetch said the tribunal has written to the former and current Chinese ambassadors to London to request the Chinese government’s presence and cooperation, but so far received no response.
Serbia president: Prime minister to remain in office
In this photo taken Friday, July 26, 2019, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia. Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic has proposed that current Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stay in office for another four years, paving the way for the formation of a new government more than three months after a parliamentary election. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)BELGRADE – Serbia’s president on Monday proposed that current Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stay in office, paving the way for the formation of a new government more than three months after a parliamentary election. “I hold Ana Brnabic in very high regard,” he said. Brnabic became Serbia's first female and openly gay prime minister in 2017, after Vucic resigned the post in order to take part in a presidential election.
UK public tribunal to probe Uighur 'genocide' claims
The prominent British human rights lawyer is convening an independent tribunal in London with public hearings next year, to look into the Chinese government's alleged rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority in the far western province of Xinjiang. The tribunal is expected to reveal new evidence and testimony over several days hearings next year. Allegations against China about potential genocide are questions that should be asked and answered but such claims have never been legally scrutinized in public, Nice told The Associated Press. At the moment, the strongest evidence would appear to be evidence of incarceration and possibly evidence of enforced sterilization, Nice said. The World Uighur Congress, an international organization representing Uighur exiles, has provided initial evidence and funding to the London tribunal.
Serbia denies meddling in tense Montenegro election
BELGRADE Serbian officials have denied that Serbia and its president have interfered in Montenegros parliamentary election that was narrowly won by pro-Belgrade and pro-Russian political groupings. President Vucic and the current state politics in Serbia have shown two very problematic intentions, Djukanovic told Nova.rs television late Tuesday. Vucic, who once served as information minister in Milosevics government, has repeatedly denied meddling in Montenegros affairs and the election. There is no way that Montenegro is in any form threatened by Serbia, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said. Djukanovic defied Russia in 2017 to lead his country into NATO after gaining independence from much larger Serbia in 2006.
Serbia surprisingly joins EU in condemnation of Belarus vote
In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, centre, reviews the honor guard with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic upon his arrival at the Serbia Palace in Belgrade, Serbia. Belgrade has had close relations with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who last visited the Balkan country in December. Serbias acceptance of the EU criticism of the Belarus leader was first revealed Wednesday in tweets by the EU and US ambassadors to Belgrade who hailed the move. I welcome Serbia for joining EU Declaration on Presidential Elections in Belarus, EU Ambassador Sam Fabrizi wrote on Twitter. Although formally seeking EU membership, Serbia has been strengthening political, economic and military ties with Russia and China.
AP Explains: Why Serbs are protesting against virus lockdown
FILE - In this Friday, July 10 2020 file photo, protesters clash with riot police on the steps of the Serbian parliament during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia. Some of the demonstrations turned violent, with protesters trying to storm the parliament building in the capital, Belgrade. The protests initially started July 7 when the president announced that Belgrade would be placed under a new three-day lockdown following a second wave of confirmed coronavirus infections. Nationalist and far-right groups in Serbia are opposed to EU membership and want closer ties with Russia instead. The Russian Foreign Ministry has vehemently denied any involvement in the latest protests in Serbia.
Kosovo’s Thaci strongly denies committing any war crimes
Kosovo president Hashim Thaci speaks during a televised address to the nation, in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday, June 29, 2020. Kosovos president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia and said he would resign if the indictment is confirmed by an international war crimes court. (AP Photo/Astrit Ibrahimi)
Serbia's leader not worried about losing power amid protests
Police clashes with protesters in Belgrade, Serbia, on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)BELGRADE Serbia's president said Friday he's not worried about losing political power amid large protests against his handling of the coronavirus crisis and hard-line rule, but instead expressed his fear about the spread of the virus by the demonstrators. If you dont understand this, and you want to bring some tycoons to power let me tell you this is not going to happen." With the peaceful protests last night, people showed in what kind of a country they want to live, the statement said. The spontaneous protests started on Tuesday when Vucic announced that Belgrade would be placed under a new three-day lockdown following a second wave of confirmed coronavirus infections.
A look at Serbia-Kosovo dispute as war crimes charges filed
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted Wednesday on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by an international court investigating their actions against ethnic Serbs and others during and after Kosovo's 1998-99 independence war with Serbia. (AP Photo/Zenel Zhinipotoku)BELGRADE An international prosecutor has indicted Kosovo's president and nine other former rebel fighters with war crimes and crimes against humanity during and after a 1998-99 armed conflict between the ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia. The nation of 1.8 million is predominantly ethnic Albanian and includes ethnic Serb, Roma and smaller minority groups. Thousands of Serb civilians also fled with the Serbian army and police. HAVE THERE BEEN WAR CRIMES TRIALS BEFORE?
Ruling populists set to win Serbia vote amid virus concerns
A police officer, wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus, guards the Serbian parliament building during a protest against President Aleksandar Vucic and his government, in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, June 20, 2020. Serbia is holding a parliamentary vote this weekend that takes place amid concerns over continuing spread of the new coronavirus and deep political divisions in the Balkan country. President Aleksandar Vucics Serbian Progressive Party appears set for a landslide victory, facing little challenge from the divided opposition. A U.S.-brokered Kosovo-Serbia summit is set in Washington on June 27, while EU officials have announced plans to restart Brussels-mediated negotiations. Serbia has refused to recognize Western-backed independence of Kosovo but has relied on Russia and China for the support in the dispute.