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Serbian conscientious objector Milan Gligoric

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  • 17 May 2003
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Serbian conscientious objector Milan Gligoric

Dear General Branko Krga
I learned today about the fate of conscientious objector Milan Gligoric. Milan Gligoric, a Jehovah's Witness, was sentenced on 12 December 2002 to 4 months suspended sentence. In February 2003 he received a new call up to the military. On 3 March he reported to the military barracks "Sima Pogacarevic" in Vranje, unit number 4466/9, and again explained his conscientious objection. Milan Gligoric is prepated to serve in a genuine civilian alternative service - as is his human right - but he is not prepared to perform unarmed service within the military.

Conscientious Objection in Yugoslavia - the cases of Igor Seke and Goran Miladinovic

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Conscription and Conscientious Objection Documentation Centre
War Resisters' International, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX, Britain
Tel.: +44-20-7278 4040, Fax: +44-20-7278 0444, email:

To: Council of Europe, UN Commission on Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch
Update of report from 7 September 2002
Date: 13 September 2002
Our Ref.: YU10813-YU12368


In September 2002, War Resisters' International sent a delegation to Yugoslavia, to support two con

YUGOSLAVIA: Fear of imprisonment of COs Igor Seke and Goran Miladinovic

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Igor Seke (YU10813), who reported to his military barracks in Pljevlja on 4 September 2002, and was sent home one day later with the order to report to his recruitment center in Ruma until 9 September 2002, was again ordered to report to military barracks today. He reported to the military department in Sremska Mitrovica (of which Ruma is a part) yesterday, and had a talk with Commander Savo Mrdja. He told Igor Seke that he was responsible for sending him to the barracks in Pljevlja in Montenegro, as Igor Seke's CO application irritated him.

YUGOSLAVIA: Update on COs Igor Seke and Goran Miladinovic

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Igor Seke (YU10813) and Goran Miladinovic (YU12368) will report to their respective military barracks and refuse to wear a uniform and to bear arms this week. Igor Seke has to report to the barracks in Pljevlja today, and Goran Miladinovic has to present himself in Nis on 5 September.
Below is background information on both cases. Please continue sending protest letters to:

President of FR Yugoslavia


YUGOSLAVIA: Two conscientious objectors called up to perform military service

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Two conscientious objectors were rejected in Yugoslavia. Both have to report to the military on 3 September, to begin their military service. Igor Seke (YU10813) and Goran Miladinovic (YU12368) both applied for conscientious objection, and both are willing to perform alternative civilian service. Article 137 of the Yugoslav Constitution (which is presently redrafted) recognises the right to conscientious objection: "Compulsory military service shall be universal and performed in the manner established by federal statute.

Conscientious objection in Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)

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Igor Seke

Yugoslavia passed a new law on the Yuguslav army in January 2002, but this law still doesn't include any regulation on conscientious objection. Conscientious objectors can only perform a service without arms within the Yugoslav army - clearly not satisfactory for conscientious objectors. Media reports lead to quite some confusion. Some media wrote about a "military civilian service", and some even presented this option as a genuine civilian service, so that many conscripts got quite confused.

Balkan Peace Team - International e.V.

Balkan Peace Team - International e.V.

Nonviolent Intervention in the Conflicts of Former Yugoslavia: Sending Teams of International Volunteers

A Final Internal Assessment of

War Resisters' International: Balkans resource page

Rebuilding Kosov@ and the FRY: resource pages

Six years after Krajina exodus

Public statement

These days, it will be six years since another tragedy and another organized crime against civil population happened.

Third Conscientious Objector meeting in Srebrno Jezero

At the third conscientious objectors' meeting "Demilitarizing Ourselves and Our Environment" held from the 27-29 April 2001 at Srebrno Jezero near Pozarevac, participants from Aleksandrovac, Aleksinac, Belgrade, Cetinje, Kanjiza, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Krusevac, Kula, Leskovac, Nis, Novi Pazar, Sabac, Tutin, Vrbas and Zajecar have concluded in complete agreement with the foreign participants from Croatia, Germany and Norway that the democratic changes of 2000 have created the necessary conditions for commencement of demilitarization of the country and region as a whole in order to transform

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