Serge Brammertz Visits HLC

Serge Brammertz Visits HLC

Bramerc u FHPThe Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Mr. Serge Brammertz, visited the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) on October 28th, 2016. On this occasion, he discussed with the representatives of the HLC the achievements in the prosecution of war crimes in Serbia, the cooperation of Serbia with the ICTY, and other endeavours aimed at establishing justice for crimes committed during the armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s.

Share

Human Rights Documentation Toolkit Launched

Human Rights Documentation Toolkit Launched

HRDTThe website Human Rights Documentation (HRD) Toolkit, in the development of which the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) has participated, was launched on October 25, 2016, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. The Human Rights Documentation Toolkit is a multidisciplinary, interactive online portal providing human rights documenters with existing documentation resources and tools, broadly accepted practices, and ongoing support from other documentation stakeholders.

Share

Students’ Visit To HLC

Students’ Visit To HLC

Logo FHPStudents from the School for International Training – (SIT) visited the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) on Thursday, September 29th, 2016. These students go to various universities in the United States, and they are staying in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo as part of the Peace Studies, the programme organized by the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies at the Faculty for Media and Communication.

Share

Council of Europe Concerned for the Position of Civilian Victims of War in Serbia

Council of Europe Concerned for the Position of Civilian Victims of War in Serbia

Logo_FHP The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights addressed a letter on September 12th, 2016 to the Minister of Labour, Employment, Social and Veterans Affairs in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vulin, in which he is seeking information about the measures taken by Serbia in order to fulfil the recommendations on comprehensive and just reparations for civilian victims of war, which the Commissioner expressed in his Report on the visit to Serbia in July 2015.


Share

“Depth Two” awarded Best Balkan Documentary at DokuFest

“Depth Two” awarded Best Balkan Documentary at DokuFest

Depth twoThe winners of 15th edition of DokuFest were announced at the award ceremony held today at the Lumbardhi Cinema in Prizren, after the jury deliberation. 107 films ran for awards in six competitive categories, as well as the audience award.

The 9-day festival activities included the screening of 238 films representing 57 countries, workshops, panels, debates, masterclasses, exhibitions and a series of live acts under the DokuNights with world stars such as Om†ar Souleyman and Yasmine Hamdan performing. Prizren once again became a city fully immersed in the celebration of cinema and culture.

Balkan Documentary Competition Winner: “Depth Two” by Ognjen Glavonić.

Jury: Eric Hynes, Marek Septimus, Maria Bonsanti

Statement: For a film that we all found to be as cinematically accomplished as it is morally devastating, employing a language to fit its subject that combines audio witness with footage of tragically unpeopled landscapes, putting the viewer in a position of both historical reflection and present outrage, and providing a layered, emotional and intellectual engagement that we won’t soon forget, it is with deep admiration, gratitude and enthusiasm that we award Best Balkan Documentary to DEPTH TWO by Ognjen Glavonic.

Share

“Depth two” video collage

“Depth two” video collage

Depth twoFrom February until June 2016 over 700 citizens of Serbia and Kosovo saw the documentary film “Depth Two”. The film was aired in Kragujevac, Čačak, Subotica, Pančevo, Belgrade, Novi Pazar, Niš, as well as in Pristina in Kosovo. Every screening was followed by a discussion with the authors, in which victims and their families, civil society activists, students, journalists, artists and other experts from various fields participated. This short video collage highlights some of the discussion moments and messages of citizens of Serbia and Kosovo to their compatriots and representatives of institutions.

The film, a co-production of HLC and Non Aligned Films, premiered at the 66th International film festival in Berlin (Berlinale) in February 2016, and was subsequently shown at festivals in Thessaloniki, Wiesbaden, Belgrade, Novi Sad and London.
It won the Award for Best Film Editing at the Beldocs International documentary film festival in Belgrade, and the Grand Jury Award at the Open City festival in London. In late July 2016 the film won the Critics Award at the Atlántida Film Fest in Spain.
The film is a part of the Batajnica Memorial Initiative, aimed at creating a memorial site for victims found in Batajnica.

Share

Srebrenica: Victims’ 21-years-long search for the truth and its acknowledgement

Srebrenica: Victims’ 21-years-long search for the truth and its acknowledgement

Logo_FHPOn the occasion of marking the 21st anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) organized a debate dedicated to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide. The panellists Nidžara Ahmetašević, Ivica Đikić, Florence Hartmann and Dejan Anastasijević discussed before a hall full of people at the Centre for Cultural Decontamination, the responsibility for the killing of several thousands of people in and around Srebrenica during July 1995, and the years’ long struggles of victims of this crime for the truth and its acknowledgement.

Share

Open Letter to E.U. & U.S. Leaders

Open Letter to E.U. & U.S. Leaders

b92_logo

8 July 2016: To mark the 17th Anniversary of the Bytyqi murders, please read this Open Letter to European Union and United States leaders on the failures of Serbia’s war crimes processes and in the Bytyqi case. The letter is signed by nearly forty experts with considerable experience in government, academia, and within the NGO community on the Balkans.


Share

Marking the 21st anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica

Marking the 21st anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica

On the occasion of marking the 21st anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the Humanitarian Law Center hereby invites you to join us in our endeavour to

Learn and Talk about Srebrenica

7 July 2016, Belgrade

 

13:00 – Media centar, 1st floor (Great Hall)

Presentation of an Interactive Narrative: SREBRENICA: GENOCIDE IN EIGHT ACTS

Speaker: Mirko Klarin, author of the narrative, Director of SENSE Agency

The events that took place over seven days in July 1995 in Srebrenica were the subject of the most extensive criminal investigation in Europe since World War II. The details of what transpired have been thoroughly reconstructed in the course of the dozen or so trials before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

The testimonies of the survivors of the mass executions, the family members of the murder victims, of those who witnessed the crimes and those who carried them out, as well as the evidence of forensic experts who dug up the Srebrenica killing fields have been recorded in hundreds of thousands of pages of transcripts and saved in tens of thousands of hours of video footage from the courtroom. Countless seized military and police documents, transcripts of intercepted conversations between the perpetrators, video recordings and photos of the captured victims, aerial photographs of the detention, execution and burial sites, and so many other exhibits introduced into evidence make up the ICTY’s vast court files. All this material is public and at the disposal of those who may want to learn how the ICTY investigated, reconstructed and prosecuted the crimes committed in Srebrenica.

The interactive narrative SREBRENICA: GENOCIDE IN EIGHT ACTS is a window onto this living historical archive. It contains, among other things, the full audio visual presentations produced by the SENSE Documentation Centre in Potočari.

19:00 – Center for Cultural Decontamination

A discussion with:

Ms. Florence Hartmann, journalist and former spokesperson of the ICTY Prosecutor’s Office, author of the recently published book „The Srebrenica Affair: The Blood of Realpolitik“

Mr. Ivica Đikić, publicist and writer, editor of Novosti (Croatia), author of the recently published documentary novel ’Beara’

Ms. Nidžara Ahmetašević, journalist and publicist from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr. Dejan Anastasijević, journalist from Serbia

The discussion will be moderated by Ms. Sandra Orlović, Executive Director of Humanitarian Law Center

We will discuss Srebrenica in July 1995, its meaning for Serbia in July 2016 and its meaning for the region and the international community. We will also discuss the post-war manipulation of facts; what the community of genocide survivors thinks and speaks about Srebrenica, who listens to them today and whether their words mean anything to anyone.

Simultaneous interpretation into English will be provided during both events.

The organization of these events is sponsored by the Swiss Embassy to Serbia and to Montenegro.

Share