The Network for Systemic and Permanent Solutions, the organizations which are part of the network (HDZR Mesecina, Gostivar, InSoc, Skopje, Association for Protection of the Rights of the Roma – APRR, Stip, Roma Business Information Center – RBICM, Skopje, ROZM – Daja, Kumanovo, Romsko Jato, Bitola, KHAM, Delcevo, Umbrella, Skopje)
Fully condemn the event of the brutal and physical abuse of Mr. Igor Vckov in Strumica, and every brutal and illegal behavior towards anyone and in any place in the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia.
We call upon the institutions, in order to have justice and peace, in order to reduce the misinformation, in order to decrease the damage towards the Roma community, to solve and disclose the case of the physical abuse of Mr. Igor Vckov.
The Network for Systemic and Permanent Solutions and the above mentioned organizations, are denying themselves from the statements, insults, unfounded accusations and speeches of Mr. Gege Demirovski which were published on social media on 19.03.2021.
The freedom of speech is a Constitutional Right of every citizen of North Macedonia, but according to our experience in the work, we express suspicion that, in the past, Mr. Igor Vckov declared himself a member of the Roma community, but the Network for Systemic and Permanent Solutions, once again emphasizes that they condemns the brutality.
In communication with our associates in Strumica, we express doubts about the veracity of the statement of Mr. Igor Vckov, that the police and the provision of senior political officials are aimed at hatred and harassment of the Roma community.
We urge Mr. Gege Demirovski that in the future, to speak in his personal name, and in the names of those who gave him the order to speak, and in no way to speak in the name of all of the members of the Roma community, due to the fact that this ordeal from him is offensive and damages the Roma community.
On the other hand, we call on Mr. Gege Demirovski, if he truly fights for the good of the Roma community to whom he himself refers to, to not abuse the Roma community, for their personal and political interests and bargaining.
If the intentions of Mr. Gege Demirovski are truly sincere and directed towards the improvement of the life, freedom and rule of life, to return in the Republic of North Macedonia and to work with the political and civil NGO organizations
If the intentions of Mr. Gege Demirovski are sincere and aim to improve the life, freedom and rule of law, we ask him to return to the Republic of North Macedonia and to work with other political and civil society organizations to work for those to whom he fights for from abroad.
The Network for Systemic and Permanent Solutions continues to work in the direction of the rule of law, equality in front of the law and participates in the efforts to improve the life of the Roma community in the Republic of North Macedonia, yet we remain aware that this road was never easy nor simple.
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In the name of the organizations in the Network for Systemic and Permanent Solutions.