Job Vacancy: Memory Activism Program Coordinator

Job Vacancy: Memory Activism Program Coordinator

HLC announces an ad for the position of the Memory Activism Program Coordinator

Conditions:

  • MA or PhD theses related to memory activism practice in the former Yugoslavia;
  • Interest and experience in the culture, politics and practice of memory;
  • Publications in the area of memory studies and practice AND/OR experience in program development;
  • Fluent in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS);

If you are interested in this position, please send us your CV and Motivation letter to konkurs@hlc-rdc.org

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: 23.05.2019.

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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Presentation of the Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Presentation of the Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia

engleski k1On Thursday, 16th May 2019, at 11:00 a.m., the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) will present its Seventh Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia, at the Media Center in Belgrade (Main Conference Hall, Terazije 3, 2nd Floor).


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(srpski) Studenti u poseti FHP-u

(srpski) Studenti u poseti FHP-u

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The Dossier “Crimes against Croats in Vojvodina” Presented in Belgrade

The Dossier “Crimes against Croats in Vojvodina” Presented in Belgrade

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On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) presented its eleventh dossier on possible perpetrators of war crimes during the armed conflicts of the 90s in the former Yugoslavia. The Dossier “Crimes against the Croats in Vojvodina” shows that in the period 1991-1995, in the territory of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, there was a campaign of intimidation and pressure on Croatian civilians, with the aim to force them to leave their homes, and Serbia as well.

Opening the event, the director of the HLC legal programme, Ivana Žanić, stated that evidence was presented in Dossier about threats, intimidation, destruction of property and the disappearances and murders of Croats throughout Vojvodina. The main inspirers of the campaign of intimidation and persecution of Croats were members of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS), led by Vojislav Šešelj, as well as various groups associated with this party. In this persecution of Croats, members of the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) and of the Serbian Ministry of the Interior (MUP) also participated, including the State Security Service (RDB). Šešelj explicitly called for the persecution of Vojvodina Croats in his speeches, advocating for the forced removal of as many Croats from Serbia as of Serbs forced to move from Croatia. At that meeting in Hrtkovci, on May 6, 1992, Vojislav Šešelj said that there was no place for Croats in Vojvodina, which is why Serbs from Hrtkovci should “get rid of them” as soon as possible. After this speech, a campaign of intimidation began, which resulted in the departure of around 450 Croatian families from Hrtkovci. Žanić concluded that there is nothing surprising about the absence of any reaction by state organs to the statement made by Vojislav Šešelj after the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) had convicted him of persecuting Croats from Hrtkovci – that he would gladly repeat his war crimes – since the current political officials of Serbia were mostly members of the SRS at the time when the Croats were expelled from Vojvodina.


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IRMCT and NGOs on the legacy of the ICTY

IRMCT and NGOs on the legacy of the ICTY

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On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, a meeting of representatives of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Courts (IRMCT) and of non-governmental organizations from Serbia was held at the premises of the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC). The meeting was attended by the IRMCT Secretary-General, Olufemi Elias, and his associates, and by representatives of the HLC, the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights and the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights. Participants in the meeting discussed the continuation of the cooperation as regards the transfer of facts established by the courts in The Hague, which were responsible for helping to punish violations of international humanitarian law during the armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. The need for a new and more active approach to the younger generations, the importance of their receiving continuous information and education on events from the recent past, the need to overcome the social climate of denial of crimes and denial of responsibility, and a vigorous advocacy for removing impunity for war crimes, were emphasized.

Representatives of the IRMCT visited the library and archive of the HLC, and were informed in more detail about the transfer of the publicly accessible archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which the HLC has been carrying out for almost 15 years.

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