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From the office of Lancaster Women In Black,
730 Hamilton Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
Tel./Fax (717) 394-9110
April 20th, 1999
Dear First Lady Hilary Clinton,
Subject: CIVILIANS, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE BELGRADE
We are writing to you with great urgency to inform you of what the peace
groups in Belgrade have come up with called 'BELGRADE 17-NGO
APPEAL'(enclosed). We received this information directly from Belgrade
only 10 days ago. The Lancaster Women In Black group feels strongly that
this appeal has much merit and should be seriously looked over by the United
States Peace Mission and NATO. We are asking you to please show your
husband, President Bill Clinton, this important piece of information that
may not have been presented to him or his administration.
Some background about us: we are members of an international peace group
called Women In Black. The Women In Black first appeared on the streets of
Israel in 1983 opposing the occupation of Palestine. It is believed that
it was through their efforts that initiated the peace plan that exists today.
Since then, Women In Black have appeared on the streets of numerous cities
and the Women In Black in Belgrade started their protest on October 9, 1991.
Now there are Women In Black who protest the wars in Bosnia, Croatia,
Somalia and every war, opposing every war as a war against women and
children. We recognize that war rapes are war crimes and used as a weapon of
Our local group, Lancaster Women In Black, began in September 1993 during
the former Yugoslavia war. We stood weekly in a silent vigil on the
courthouse steps to show our solidarity with the Women In Black in Belgrade.
This public demonstration was only the beginning. From this silent vigil,
additional efforts were begun to raise funds to be sent to help our sisters
in the former Yugoslavia. The women in Belgrade have been and continue to
operate numerous important women centers such as The Autonomous Women's
Center, SOS Women's telephone line, and women shelters. Even during the
bombings, these women continue to work day and night, supporting girls and
women that are in need. There are only a few of them, they continue in
spite of being exhausted by the constant overload.
The efforts of the Women In Black only scratch the surface of what is
necessary to bring about peace. Due to financial limitations, our beliefs
and concepts for a lasting and sustainable peace remain mute in the
blackness of ignorance. In spite of these limitations, we, women for peace
around the world, continue our commitment in finding ways to support and
affirm the efforts of the women in areas of conflict.
Through our diverse actions, the Lancaster Women In Black have alerted
people in our community to the situation in the entire former Yugoslavia,
while specifically encouraging and supporting our sister group in Belgrade.
Although our focus and conception was instigated by the Belgrade Women in
Black, our ideas and desire for peace include all women and children of the
Six years of experience have brought forth-different ideas, which could be
utilized, in the peacemaking efforts that would be more conducive to a
lasting and sustainable peace. The conflicts that confront us today reveal
new perspectives. The subtle and complex dimensions of civil wars have
received international responses. We realize that if the cultural and
social impacts of wars are not addressed differently, they are merely
compounded from generation to generation and pre-destined to be repeated.
In addition to the usual measures promoted by the United Nations for
post-conflict peace building, we strongly believe that there needs to be a
concerted effort to heal the minds of the people. We see a need to break
the repetitious cycle of war. We need to promote permanent culture and
permanent agriculture (Permaculture), based on wholesome, sustainable
Healing the minds of people can be achieved with transformative programs.
Such programs include the promotion of interpersonal skills, conflict
resolution, the Alternative to Violence Project (AVP), children's peace
building teams, holistic health and sustainable lifestyles.
As a group, we are capable of developing centers, here and in areas of
conflict, to exchange and develop programs that strengthen local
communities. In these collaborative efforts, we also need to encourage and
support women as leaders for durable peace.
In the meantime, we ask you to support this Belgrade 17 NGO Appeal and take
the first step towards helping us build an alternative peace plan that
focuses on healing people that have experienced atrocities of war.
We are looking forward to hearing from you. We would be happy to answer any
questions you may have.
Anne de la Bouillerie Goeke, June Lang, Mary LeVasseur, Janice Lion, and Luz
'BELGRADE 17-NGO APPEAL'
Deeply shocked by NATO strikes devastation of our country and the plight of
Kosovo Albanians, we, the representatives of non-governmental organisations
and the Nezavisnost Trade Union Confederation, energetically demand from
those who have created this tragedy to immediately take all necessary steps
to create conditions for the resumption of peace process.
For two weeks now the most powerful military, political and economic
countries in the world have been killing people and destroying military and
civilian facilities, bridges, railway lines, factories, heating plants,
storage facilities and fuel tanks. This has produced an exodus of
unprecedented proportions. Hundreds of thousands of Yugoslavs, primarily
ethnic Albanians, are forced to leave their devastated homes to escape the
bombing and military actions of the regime and KLA, in the hope that they
will find salvation in the tragic status of refugee.
It is obvious that all this leads to a catastrophe and that a negotiated and
peaceful solution to the Kosovo problem, which we have urged for years, is
now farther than ever.
Our effort to develop democracy and a civic society in Yugoslavia and help
it restore its membership of all international institutions have taken place
under constant pressure by the Serbian regime.
We, the representatives of civil groups and organisations, have courageously
and consistently fought against every war-mongering and nationalistic
policy, and for the respect of human rights, and particularly against the
repression of Kosovo Albanians. We have always insisted on the respect of
their human rights and freedoms and on the restoration of autonomy for
Kosovo. Throughout this period, Serb and Albanian civil society groups were
the only ones to retain contacts and co-operation.
The NATO intervention has destroyed everything that has been achieved so far
and the very survival of the civic society in Serbia.
Faced with the current tragic situation, we put up the following demands in
the name of humanity and values and ideas that have been guiding us in our
· We demand an immediate cessation of bombing and all armed operations;
· We demand the resumption of peace process with international mediation at
the regional (Balkan) and European level, as well as in the United Nations;
· We demand from the European Union and Russia to take their charge of
responsibility for finding a peaceful solution to the crisis;
· We demand an end to the practice of ethnic cleansing and repatriation of
· We demand support for peace, stability and democratisation of Montenegro
and every possible action aimed at helping this republic alleviate the
disastrous consequences of the refugee crisis;
· We demand from Serbian and international media to report professionally
and impartially about current developments, to refrain from participation in
the media war and from tanning inter-ethnic hatred, hysteria and
glorification of force as the only reasonable way out of the crisis.
We are unable to achieve this on our own.
We expect from you to support our demands and help us realise them through
your actions and initiatives.
Association of Citizens for Democracy, Social Justice and Support for Trade
Unions, Belgrade Circle, Center for Cultural Decontamination, Center for
Democracy and Free Elections, Center for Transition to Democracy, Civic
Initiatives, EKO Center, European Movement in Serbia, Forum for Ethnic
Relations and Foundation for Peace and Crisis Management, Group 484,
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, Students Union of Serbia,
Union for Truth About Anti-Fascist Resistance, VIN: Weekly Video News, Women
in Black, Yugoslavian Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, and NEZAVISNOST
Trade Union Confederation. Belgrade, April 9, 1999.
WiB Network 18-4-99
Attached are two documents:
1. "Conclusions on the necessary actions to be taken in solidarity with the
civil rights movement in Serbia in Montenegro". This document contains the
conclusions of a meeting in Budapest. Women representing relevant groups of
Belgrade civil society -men weren't present because of the martial law- took
part in it. Members of civil society movements from Hungary, Poland, Czech
Republic, Romania, Moldova, Germany and Belgium participated in the meeting
2. The second one "Serbian NGO Demand for Restoration of the Peace Process"
contains a further appraisal of NGO and a demand for concrete measures for
next negotiations. It offers important points for groups supporting NGO,
Human Rights and Women movements to mobilize.
Yolanda (Women in Black Network's co-ordinator in Spain)
CONCLUSIONS ON THE NECESSARY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN
IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
IN SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
1. The statement of April 6 will be distributed among political actors in
the West and NGOs as paper signed by more than 25 citizen initiatives, human
rights groups and independent trade unions in Serbia.
2. The new situation characterised by martial law, arbitrary regime decrees,
war censorship and permanent war psychosis has forced the entire NGO sector
in Serbia to suspend its entire structure and activities.
3. Due to unpredictable development of the situation in the region and its
possible consequences, there will be no further public statements by the
group in Serbia. Human potential in the NGO sector in Serbia represents its
most valuable asset.
This potential is gravely jeopardised both by internal repression and
foreign intervention. Aware of this new situation and its responsibility,
the group considers adapting its activities to new circumstances.
4. The group appreciates the setting up of crisis centres in Hungary,
Germany and Brussels and will co-operate with these centres.
5. The group will participate in all kinds of humanitarian activities
including support for refugees and victims of the air raids and for
political refugees and their families in Serbia.
6. The group will initiate close co-operation with similar organisations and
movements in Belarus, Ukraine and the other countries suffering under
7. On the practical level, each opportunity has to be examined and utilised
to establish links with organisations in countries without visa and other
administrative restriction so as to provide for safety and security of NGO
activists from Serbia should it be necessitated,
8. The group singles out the specifically complex situation the
democratisation process in Montenegro and all the forces behind are faced
with, and the necessity to support them.
Serbian NGO Demand for Restoration of the Peace Process
NATO bombardment and armed conflicts in Kosovo must stop. The only way out
of the crisis is an unconditional restoration of the peace process.
Since the effects of erratic policies are mass destruction of human life and
devastation of the land, restoration of the peace process shall be a
difficult task, which will require participation of everyone who is able to
make contributions to development and implementation of suitable solutions.
If this issue continues to be resolved only by the people who have caused
the explosion of the Kosovo crisis and the whole Yugoslav tragedy, an
effective, just and rational solution to the Balkan crisis will not be achieved.
In the past ten years, embracing the principles of human rights, democratic
transition, dialogue and understanding, a strong network of civic
organisations has been established, representing the interest of a large
number of citizens from the troubled region.
These organisations had both Serbs and Albanians active in their membership
working on projects together.
This is why these organisations, including the Nezavisnot Trade Union
Confederation can contribute to a successful course of the peace process, to
initiation of a dialogue between appropriate segments of the Serbian and
Albanian societies that could lead to reconciliation and solutions
acceptable to the conflicted parties,
In all previous attempts to solve the Yugoslav crisis, international
representatives have approached government representatives and those social
structures in Serbia and Kosovo, which they considered influential.
Unfortunately, these structures mostly had radical views and nationalist
policies, including even the KLA taken for the partner. At the same time,
initiatives and opinions of democratic structures in the civil society that
eventually turned out to be correct and well grounded were not taken into
After these considerations, the civic organisations in Serbia that have
signed this document and UGS Nezavisnost demand:
1. Participation of representatives of these organisations in all future
peaceful solving processes of the Kosovo crisis and other problems generated
by the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
2. Establishment of a permanent International Conference of civic
organisations from the Balkans, South-east Europe and, finally, the whole of
Europe, that would actively take part in these processes and as well as in
finding ways to political, economical and social developments aimed to
stabilise this region.
We believe that you shall consider our arguments and support our initiative.
Belgrade, April 13th 1999.
· Association of Citizens for Democracy, Social Justice and Support for
· Belgrade Circle
· Center for Democracy and Free Elections
· Center for Transition to Democracy
· Civic Initiatives
· EKO Center
· Belgrade Women Studios Center
· European Movement In Serbia
· Forum for Ethnic Relations end Foundation for Peace and Crisis Management
· Group 484
· Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
· The Student Union of Yugoslavia
· Union for Truth About Anti-Fascist Resistance
· VIN - Weekly Video News
· Women in Black
· YU Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights
· District 0230 Kikinda
· Urban - in Novi Pazar, and
· NEZAVISNOST Trade Union Confederation