Serb Civic Council

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The Serb Civic Council (SCC) (Srpskog građanskog vijeća, SGV) was created in March 1994 amidst the Bosnian War by Bosnian Serbs who were loyal to the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and rejected Republika Srpska's regime.[1] The SCC grew to an estimated 50,000 members and 20 offices.[1]

Following its establishment the SCC set out the following principles:[1]

  • preservation of a democratic, internationally-recognised and sovereign Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • equality of all the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with full guarantee of civic freedoms and human rights in line with the highest international standards;
  • full implementation of the right of all displaced and expelled citizens to return to their homes;
  • punishment of all war criminals.

In 1995, the SCC was awarded the Right Livelihood Award.[1]

On 26 December 2002, the SCC received death threats from a Belgrade-based group calling itself "Gavrilo Princip" (assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria). The group is believed to be a branch of the Chetnik Ravna Gora Movement.[2] Mirko Pejanović, President of the SCC later met with the High Representative, Wolfgang Petritsch, in Sarajevo.[3] The discussion included the implementation of the Constitutional Court's decision on the constituency of Bosnia and Herzegovina's people, return, and the threats made against the SCC members and their families.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The Serb Civic Council (Bosnia-Herzegovina)". Right Livelihood Award. 
  2. ^ Amra, Kebo (25 January 2002). "Bosnia: Sarajevo Serbs Under Pressure". Institute for War & Peace Reporting. 
  3. ^ a b "High Representative meets Serb Civic Council President". OHR. 1 December 2002.