DESPITE the fact that international conventions prescribe decent conditions for serving the sentences of convicts (including Serbs, Hague convicts in European prisons) as well as seeing relatives and families, and receiving material assistance, the first president of Republika Srpska cannot be reached at this time.
The money from his account in The Hague was not even forwarded to him, and since money is delivered to convicts in Britain, in order to prevent abuse, to a lawyer, how to deliver money to convicts is a special problem for people from Serbia and Republika Srpska.
This was confirmed to “Novosti” in the International Committee for the Defense of Radovan Karadzic.
According to our information, a petition of citizens should be forwarded to the Serbian authorities soon, asking them to intervene with the Security Council (founder of the Hague Tribunal), to stop violating the human rights of our convicts. This is especially pronounced in Great Britain, where Radovan Karadzic was detained, and in Estonia, where Milan Martic and Dragomir Milosevic are.
Karadzic’s daughter Sonja Karadzic Jovicevic says that it is practically impossible to pay the money into the account, which the prison complex opened in the name of her father.
– Payments should be made through the application of the Government of Great Britain, and they imply transfer exclusively from maestro cards. It is a shame that the system is outdated, because those cards were withdrawn from use a long time ago, even in our country – says Karadzic.
– The card is intended for phone calls in Britain, as if he were a British pickpocket, and not a foreign citizen with family and other connections outside Britain. That is why calls are extremely expensive. The card for foreign calls exists, but they do not supplement it.
Sonja Karadzic points out that these are some of the contributions to the whole series of evidence that all her father’s rights are being grossly violated in Britain.
– Not only violates all UN resolutions on human rights and other rights of prisoners, but is sentenced, without a verdict, to additional penalties regarding the need to maintain contact and meeting with family, educational, cultural, religious and all other needs and rights guaranteed by UN resolution .
Two years ago, the then Minister of Justice Nela Kuburović pointed out the bad living conditions of some Serbian convicts at the UN, and the Ministry of Justice wrote to the President of the Mechanism and the Ministry of Justice of Estonia several times due to bad conditions for Milan Martić and Dragomir Milošević. In the last 10 years, Serbia has repeatedly asked the UN Security Council to allow Serbs to serve their sentences in our country.
– The Protector of Citizens in Serbia has competencies only on our territory, and when it comes to Serbian convicts in other countries, a visit is possible only if there is a will for cooperation of the ombudsman of that country and court permission, if necessary – says Zoran Pasalic for “Novosti” , protector of citizens.
According to him, there were concrete results and help when it comes to Serbian convicts in European prisons, but not in the case of Hague convicts. The authorities in Estonia did not show a willingness to cooperate, while our ombudsman had no contact with the institutions for the protection of the rights of British citizens. However, he will continue to try to establish cooperation.
“NELSON MANDELA’S RULES”
WHAT is happening to Karadzic, Martic and Milosevic is contrary to the 2015 UN Resolution called “Nelson Mandela’s Rules”. 122 articles of this document guarantee all convicts in the world that they will be treated as human beings, with respect for their dignity and the prohibition of any torture or humiliation. Any discrimination, from racial, religious and gender, to political, national or different opinions, is also prohibited. Prison administrations must respect the individual needs of convicts, who must not be completely isolated from the outside world for the sake of their subsequent successful reintegration. They must be guaranteed the right to education, training, employment, psychological, health and social support. Convicts have the right to adequate medical care, even natural and artificial lighting, to be able to read. This is exactly what Karadzic is being denied – an ordinary table lamp!
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