Bosniaks urged to boycott Serbia’s institutions

NOVI PAZAR -- Bosniak National Council President Esad Džudžević urged Thursday members of the Bosniak national community to boycott all state institutions.

Esad Džudžević
Esad Džudžević

He explained that the Bosniaks should boycott the institutions due to, as he put it, their community's unsustainable positions in Serbia.

Džudžević told a press conference in Novi Pazar that the political parties and other election lists, which are to take part in the local and parliamentary elections on May 6, should inform the international community that Serbia was denying rights to one of its minorities.

“For this reason, Serbia does not fulfill the preconditions for the beginning of the EU accession talks,” he noted.

According to him, the action plan for the implementation of the Resolution on violation of rights of the Bosniak people in Serbia identifies problems of Bosniaks in Serbia.

The 10-point Resolution calls on all political parties and election lists to support the petition which urges full recognition of the Bosniak national identity and the possibility of use of individual human and minority rights of Bosniaks in Serbia.

The Council urged the boycott of all state bodies until they harmonize the national composition of employees in the police, judiciary, prosecutions and other public services in Sandžak municipalities.

The Council called on the Bosniak parties to voice protest against rehabilitation of WWII General Chetnik movement leader Draža Mihailović, which, according to Džudžević, is an offence to the Bosniak people.

Bosniaks are called to support the process of unification of the Islamic community in Serbia, while religious leaders are urged to the dialogue which would lead to a solution in keeping with the Islamic law and the Ottoman tradition.

The Bosniak National Council calls for support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Bosnia-Herzegovina, condemning the aggression and genocide against the Bosniak people, which served as the basis for the construction of a para-state entity, and argues for the principle of reciprocity status and rights of Bosniaks in Serbia in relation to the position and rights of Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Bosniak National Council urges a clear political stance in terms of the process of decentralization and regionalization of Serbia, according to which Novi Pazar, Tutin, Sjenica, Nova Varoš, Prijepolje and Priboj would constitute a special regional self-government.

Džudžević, who is also an MP, is on the election list of Sulejman Ugljanin's Bosniak List for a European Sandžak.