Twelve civil associations submitted a proposal to the Ombudsman’s Office to start monitoring the legality and regularity of the work of the Interior Ministry in relation to the behaviour of the police after citizens made several complaints regarding unidentified persons lighting torches and pyrotechnic devices on the roofs of residential buildings and chanting against Dragan Djilas during the curfew.
In the last few days, there have been numerous video recordings posted on social media showing groups of individuals gathering in Belgrade and other cities in Serbia, during the curfew, to light smoke bombs and torches on the roofs of residential buildings.
In one of these cases, in Niš, firefighters intervened because of the danger of a fire, and there were cases where citizens clashed verbally with these individuals.
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“The users of social media also reported about violations of the curfew and violations of the law on public order and peace (under Article 17 of this law, lighting of pyrotechnic devices and firing gunshots are criminal offences). The police were called to the scene and in some cases, the police officers stated that only communal police has the authority to deal with this, while in other cases they could do nothing because they verified that the people lighting torches had permits for being outdoors during the curfew, issued to them by the Interior Ministry,” the statement says.
The initiative was presented by the Belgrade Human Rights Centre, Belgrade Security Policy Centre, A11 – Economic and Social Rights Initiative, Centre for Judicial Research – CEPRIS, Citizens’ Initiatives, Human Rights Lawyers Committee – YUCOM, Helsinki Human Rights Committee, Policy Centre, Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Niš Human Rights Committee, Human Rights Committee of Negotin and the Human Rights Committee of Valjevo (Beogradski centar za ljudska prava, Beogradski centar za bezbednosnu politiku, A11 – Inicijativa za ekonomska i socijalna prava, Centar za pravosudna istraživanja – CEPRIS, Građanske inicijative, Komitet pravnika za ljudska prava – YUCOM, Helsinški odbor za ljudska prava, “Policy” centar, Inicijativa mladih za ljudska prava, Odbor za ljudska prava Niš, Odbor za ljudska prava Negotin i Odbor za ljudska prava iz Valjeva).
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