On February 11th, 2011, the Humanitarian Law Center commenced an initiative calling for the dismissal of Tomislav Stojković, a Constitutional Court judge of the Republic of Serbia, on the grounds of his suspected involvement in the kidnapping of lawyer Teki Bokshi, a Kosovo Albanian. In the document submitted to Boris Tadić, then acting President of Serbia, Snežana Malović, then acting Minister of Justice, Ivica Dačić, Minister of Internal Affairs and the Supreme Court of Cassation, the HLC requested that judge Stojković be removed from duty, and the extent of his criminal responsibility fully determined.
Ample evidence – including that on which the ICTY verdict in Milutinovic et al was founded; the statements of the survivors of the Drenica massacre, who either testified before the ICTY, or who have given statements to the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC); documents stored in the ICTY’s public database – all indicate that a number of serious and massive war crimes were committed against ethnic Albanian civilians in the then zone of responsibility of the newly appointed Chief of Staff of the Army of the Republic of Serbia, Lt. Gen. Ljubisa Dikovic, who at the time the crimes were committed was Commander of the 37th Motorized Brigade of the Army of the FRY. During the NATO bombing, war crimes were committed by members of Yugoslav Army (VJ) forces and forces of the Ministry of the Interior (MUP). Although he was legally and professionally responsible for preventing the crimes, the commander of the 37th Motorized Brigade failed to do so. To date, no members or commanders of the units that took part in the commission of the war crimes in Cirez/Qirez, Staro Cikatovo/ Çikatovё e Vjetёr, Baks, Vrbovac/Vërboc, and Glogovac/Gllogoc, where no less than 200 civilians were killed in four weeks, have been prosecuted.
The Humanitarian Law Center sent a letter of request to Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica to dismiss Mileta Novakovic, a member of Gendarmerie special unit, from service in the Ministry of Interior due to his responsibility for human rights abuses in 1994 and 2006.
The Humanitarian Law Center addressed a letter to the War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukčević on 3 February 2006 demanding that he opens investigation on the former Republic of Srpska Army General, Svetozar Andrić and former Republic of Srpska Deputy Minister of Interior Toma Kovač because there is reasonable suspicion that they are criminally liable for the grave breeches of Geneva Conventions committed during the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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HLC Demands that Slobodan Borisavljević be Removed from Ministry of Interior and Filed Criminal Charges Against Him
On 23 January 2006 the Humanitarian Law Center demanded that the Republic of Serbia Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica remove the War Crimes Investigation Department Chief from the Ministry of Interior (MUP). The HLC also filed criminal charges with the War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office against Borisavljević because there is reasonable doubt that in the period from 1 January 1999 to 20 June 1999 he abetted the commission of war crimes against civilian population as per Article 142 Paragraph 1 of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Criminal Code (CC FRY) in conjunction with Article 24 of the CC FRY.
DECLARATION ON THE STATE OF SERBIA’S OBLIGATION TO UNDERTAKE ALL MEASURES AIMED AT PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THE VICTIMS OF WAR CRIMES, PARTICULARLY THE RIGHTS OF THE VICTIMS OF THE SREBRENICA GENOCIDE
The draft of a Declaration on Srebrenica put forth to the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia by the following non-governmental organizations: Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights, Center for Cultural Decontamination, Civic Initiatives, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, Women in Black, Belgrade Circle, Humanitarian Law Center and Youth Initiative for Human Rights. On the strength of Article 72, paras 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 2, and Article 73, para 1.2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, and Articles 130 and 156 of the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.
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The Humanitarian Law Center addressed a letter to the SCG (Serbia and Montenegro) and Montenegrin Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Vuk Drašković and Miodrag Vlahović, demanding from them urgent dismissal of the diplomat Novak Kilibarda, who is a Political Advisor in the Embassy in Sarajevo, because of his open long-term support of the Hague indictees’ politics and encouragement of hatred directed against members of other nations. The HLC considers presence of Novak Kilibarda in the SCG Embassy in Sarajevo an offence to the victims, disapproval of their dignity, and admittance that politicians who are still appreciated in Serbia and Montenegro are those who protect the legacy of Slobodan Milošević and Radovan Karadžić.