Dear friends, In response to the information that Hilda has graciously provided about the Seselj Indictment: some are happy, some are bitter. Regardless, we now must do our part to make sure that this news continues to permeate throughout the rest of the world, and does not just resonate alone within our own community. The seeds of truth are being planted-it is up to us to help them grow and flourish. Here is one thing that I feel needs to be done:We are familiar with the names of such organizations as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Anti-Defamation League, but unfortunately, they are not rightfully familiar with us. While viewing the websties of these organizations, you will not find a pretty picture if you type the word "Croatia" in their searchable database.
Human Rights Watch Mission Statement
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to bring offenders to justice, to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom and to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those holding power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all. If this is their mission then why do most of the articles presented mention only the lack of human rights for Serbs in Croatia and the Croatian massacre of Serbian civialians in Krajina? The articles they are presenting are obviously one sided. If they are to remain a creditable organization, they need to report both sides. The same goes for Amnesty International. Let them hear our voice and we shall not be forgotten. At the Antidefamation League website they basically present to the world what they call Tudjman's dishonoring of the camp at Jasenovac. If this organzation aims to stop injustice and genocide, then where are the articles about Milosevic, Vocin, and media untruths (just to name a few)? Please forward your letters and supporting factual material to these organizations. Let them read about our side, if nothing. They will not know these things if we do not push the truth on them. If this is all they know about Croatia, then they will be in for a big shock when they see my films ("My Croatia" and "Freedom from Despair"). I am planning to submit my documentaries to the film festivals that these organizations sponsor because the themes represented in my work fit into their mission statements. Please write to them in your spare time, so that it is quite clear to them that there is more to know about us then what they have been reporting. If they have been educated on the issues of injustice in Croatia ahead of time, they may be more inclined to put one of these films on their big screen this year, in turn making one of our many media goals a reality. Little by little we can change the face of Croatia- and this is just one step.