Helsinki Committee concerned about growing ethnic incidents

Helsinki Committee concerned about growing ethnic incidents

Skopje, 23 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in FYR Macedonia has expressed its concern about the rising number of ethnic related incidents in FYR Macedonia.

Based on the annual report by the Helsinki Committee, police has neglected the investigation of many cases and has not pursued crime perpetrators.

Based on this report, in 2014 there was a total of 87 hate incidents, out of which 53 were ethnic related.

The head of the Committee, Uranija Pirovska declared that law enforcement agencies are not committed in handling the situation.

“I must stress that the state is still not ready to address these incidents and criminal acts fueled by hate”, Pirovska says.

Besides physical attacks and incidents by football fans in buses and schools, according to the Helsinki Committee, politicians also encourage incidents.

“In the conversations published by the opposition, we heard how the speaker of Parliament demands to the Ministry of Interior to release a part of the persons who participated in the violent protests. We also heard that during the local government elections, there was a secret agreement between Albanian opposition party and Macedonian party in power and during that time, no ethnic related incidents were registered. All of this makes us suspect that political parties in FYROM play a role in these incidents, especially when they occur between ethnic groups”, Pirovska says.

According to the report, the majority of incidents was registered in Skopje. /ibna/