Presentation of “Policy paper: Enhancing the rights and position of victims and witnesses in war crimes trials in Serbia”

Presentation of “Policy paper: Enhancing the rights and position of victims and witnesses in war crimes trials in Serbia”

Predlog-prakticne-politike-enOn Friday, 6th December 2019, at 11:00 a.m., the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) will present its “Policy paper: Enhancing the rights and position of victims and witnesses in war crimes trials in Serbia”. The presentation will take place in the Main Conference Hall of the Media Center in Belgrade (Terazije 3, 2nd floor).

Drawing upon its long-term experience with war crimes prosecutions in Serbia, the HLC has identified certain problems and shortcomings in the existing victim/witness protection system, and prepared a policy paper for enhancing the rights and position of victims and witnesses in war crimes trials in Serbia.

 

Speakers:

  • Meris Mušanović, Humanitarian Law Center
  • Ivana Žanić, Humanitarian Law Center
  • Suvada Selimović, witness in the Zvornik II Case
  • Biljana Slavković, psychotherapist

Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.

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Sixth Transitional Justice School

Logo FHPFrom November 5 to 10, 2019, the Sixth Transitional Justice School (TJ School) of the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) was held. The TJ School was attended by 18 students of law, political science, history, Scandinavian languages and sociology, as well as activists from Serbian non-governmental organisations.

The participants gained knowledge about the concept and mechanisms of transitional justice, and its application in Serbia in the context of the armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, with a consideration of case studies of crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo. In addition to the opportunity to learn the facts established before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the participants had the opportunity to hear about the results and challenges of war crimes prosecutions before the courts in Serbia, Croatia, BiH and Kosovo. Besides learning about the facts established before the ICTY and national courts, the participants also had the opportunity to learn about topics related to institutional reform, lustration, and reparations, as well as topics related to memorialisation.


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Presentation of the HLC Dossier “Forcible Mobilisation of Refugees”

Presentation of the HLC Dossier “Forcible Mobilisation of Refugees”

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On  Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) will present its twelfth  dossier, entitled “Forcible Mobilisation of Refugees” (Dossier). The presentation will take place in the Great Hall of the Media Center in Belgrade (Terazije 3, II floor) at 12:00.

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The HLC presented its Fourth Report on the Implementation of the National Strategy for the Prosecution of War Crimes

The HLC presented its Fourth Report on the Implementation of the National Strategy for the Prosecution of War Crimes

DSC_0092On Wednesday, 24 July 2019, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) presented its fourth Report on the Implementation of the National Strategy for the Prosecution of War Crimes. In her opening remarks, Ivana Žanić from the HLC pointed out that, as the only non-governmental organisation in Serbia continuously monitoring domestic war crimes trials, the HLC also monitors the implementation of the National Strategy for the Prosecution of War Crimes, and every six months releases reports on the state of implementation of the Strategy.


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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Presentation of the Fourth Report on the Implementation of the National War Crimes Prosecution Strategy

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Presentation of the Fourth Report on the Implementation of the National War Crimes Prosecution Strategy

Izvestaj-Strategija-IV_korice_eng1On Wednesday, 24 July 2019, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) will present its “Fourth Report on the Implementation of the National Strategy for the Prosecution of War Crimes”. The presentation will take place at 12:00 in the Great Hall of the Media Centre (Terazije 3, 2nd Floor).


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Letter to Judge Carmel Agius, President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Letter to Judge Carmel Agius, President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

irmct-logoYour Honor,

As nongovernmental organizations for human rights, we believe that a person convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, should not be commutation of sentence if they have not publicly addressed the families of their victims, expressing sincere regret and clearly demonstrating a readiness to help identify the perpetrators of specific crimes and reveal mass graves.

We are addressing you in regard to the possible paroling of Vlastimir Đorđević, sentenced to 18 years in prison for participation in a joint criminal enterprise, which included the crimes of murder, deportation, persecution and other inhumane acts. He was convicted in connection with the deportation of at least 200,000 Kosovo Albanians from 13 municipalities in Kosovo, the murder of at least 724 ethnic Albanians, and the forced relocation of the bodies of victims and their concealment in mass graves in the territory of Serbia. The ICTY Appeals Chamber established that Đorđević, as Head of the Public Security Department with the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs, ordered the bodies of Kosovo Albanians be buried in mass graves in the territory of Serbia, in order to remove evidence of the crimes committed, as well as that he “clearly issued orders related to the clandestine handling of the bodies, their transportation and reburial.”

To this day, mass graves containing around 950 bodies of Kosovo Albanians have been discovered so far in the territory of Serbia. The fates of 1,092 more Kosovo Albanians who disappeared during the armed conflicts in Kosovo remain unresolved.

We, as nongovernmental organizations for human rights from Serbia and Kosovo, request of you to invite the convicted offender Đorđević to divulge vitally needed information on the remaining mass graves in Serbia containing the bodies of slain Albanians, information on the participants in the “arrangements”, and information as to the persons who shot the three Bytyqi brothers.

Signatories:

  • A11 – Initiative for Economic and Social Rights
  • Admovere
  • Astra
  • Atina
  • Autonomous Women’s Center
  • Balkansgroup
  • BIRN Kosova
  • Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies CEAS
  • Center for Human Rights Nis
  • Center for regionalism
  • Center of Modern Skills
  • Civic Action Pancevo
  • Civil Rights Defenders
  • Civil Rights Program Kosovo
  • Cultural Centre DamaD
  • forumZFD, Kosovo
  • forumZFD, Serbia
  • Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
  • Humanitarian Law Center
  • Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo
  • Independent Journalists Association of Vojvodina
  • Integra
  • Internews Kosova
  • Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims
  • Kosova’s Women Network
  • Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development
  • Lawers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM
  • Open Society Foundation Serbia
  • Pescanik
  • Reconstruction Women’s Fund
  • Sandzak committee for protection of human rights and freedoms
  • Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovë
  • Youth Initiative for Human Rights Serbia
  • Women in Black
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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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