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Urgent Appeal

The Observatory has been informed by the Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) about the judicial proceedings against Ms. Neva Miklavcic-Predan, President of the Helsinki Monitor in Slovenia (HMS).

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Slovenia.

Brief description of the situation:

According to the information received, Ms. Neva Miklavcic-Predan is currently facing three criminal trials:

1/ The first trial was originally filed in 2003 by 26 veterans of the Slovene independence war after Ms. Miklavcic-Predan organised, on May 28, 2003, a press conference at the office of the Helsinki Monitor of Slovenia. This conference followed the return of the former Slovenian president, Mr. Milan Kucan, from the Hague (The Netherlands), where he had been invited as a witness before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), in the case against Mr. Slobodan Milosevic, former President of Serbia. Among other things, the Vic-Holmec case[1] and the killing of three soldiers of the Yugoslav National Army came up during the trial, and some documents of the Helsinki Monitor of Slovenia were also discussed. One of them, a press release issued in February 1999, referred to the Vi

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