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Political Impasse in Macedonia Raises Concern

Political Impasse in Macedonia Raises Concern

We are deeply concerned about the prolonged political impasse in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and its human rights implications. 

We are particularly disturbed by the contents of recently published taped conversations that would seem to incriminate senior officials in a number of apparent human rights violations, including election fraud, harassment of civil society and opposition members, interference with the judiciary and the mass media, as well as mass surveillance. 

We are also concerned about espionage accusations directed against the head of the largest opposition party. 

We call upon the authorities to launch a prompt, independent, thorough and impartial investigation into all allegations of wrongdoing, regardless of their source, and to ensure that the results are made public. We also urge the authorities to ensure accountability for any breach of the rule of law or human rights violation revealed by such an investigation. This would help reinforce public confidence in State institutions. 

In the current uncertain political environment, it is especially important to guarantee the independence of the judiciary, respect for the rule of law and freedom of the press. International standards of fair trial and due process should also be fully respected. 

Finally, we call on all parties to exercise restraint and to engage in a meaningful dialogue aimed at resolving the political crisis in a way that will ensure full respect for human rights. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and stand ready to assist. 


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