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Serbia Has No Shame Now About War Crimes

Serbia Has No Shame Now About War Crimes

BalkanInsight_logoWhat does it say about Serbian society if being a convicted war criminal, or a suspected one, does not make you an outcast, but can actually help you launch a political career?

Is aiding and abetting a war crime, including mass atrocities against women and children, something one should be ashamed of? Not according to Aleksandar Vulin, Serbia’s Minister of Defence.

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Public lecture about Lovas

Public lecture about Lovas

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On October 18th 1991, Serbian Army volunteers led by Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) officers forced fifty Croats from Lovas near Vukovar to go to a minefield near the village. On the way to the minefield,
members of the Serb forces killed one of the detained Croat soldiers. When they came to the minefield, the remaining detainees were forced to enter it and clean the ground with their own feet in order to clear it of mines.

At least one mine exploded, while members of the Serbian forces opened fire, killing 20 detainees, and wounding 12 of them.

This incident was preceded by the psychological and physical torture over several days of local Croatians from Lovas, the deliberate destruction of their houses, killings, detentions and discrimination, such as forcing them to wear white armbands or marking their houses with white fabrics.

On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the suffering of the inhabitants of Lovas, the Humanitarian Law Center invites you to a public lecture about these incidents in and around Lovas occurring in the autumn of 1991, as well as about the course of court proceedings in Serbia since 2007.

The lecture will be held by the legal representative of the victims, lawyer Marina Kljaić.

This public lecture will be held at the library of the Humanitarian Law Center (Dečanska 12/III), on October 18, 2017, starting at 18:00.

The lecture will be held in local (BCS) languages.

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Students visit HLC

Students visit HLC

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Students from the School for International Training (SIT) visited the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) on Thursday, September 28th, 2017. These students go to various universities in the United States, and as part of the SIT Peace Studies, organized by the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies at the Faculty for Media and Communication, they are currently on a study visit to Serbia.

Relja Radosavljević, Legal Analyst at the HLC, presented the work of the organization, talking about its history, the realization of its project regarding the right to reparations in Serbia and the RECOM Process. Višnja Šijačić, another Legal Analyst at the HLC, also spoke with the students, and presented the achievements in the process of dealing with the past in Serbia, especially focusing on the legal framework and the work of the institutions responsible for the processing of war crimes in Serbia.

Students were particularly interested in the problems that arise in war crimes trials taking place before national courts, and the limitations victims face in exercising their right to reparation.

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War Crimes Documentation Centre Opens in Kosovo

War Crimes Documentation Centre Opens in Kosovo

BalkanInsight_logoThe Humanitarian Law Centre has opened a war crimes documentation centre in Pristina with information from five Kosovo-related trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

The Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo said it opened the new documentation centre in Pristina so people can become better informed about crimes committed during the 1998-99 war in Kosovo.

“Even though we always hear people saying that they know what happened during the war, if you ask for more details, only few of them know the exact data,” Bekim Blakaj, the executive director of HLC Kosovo, told BIRN.


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