Review of Transitional Justice in Serbia

Review of Transitional Justice in Serbia

Izvestaj o tranzicionoj pravdi u Srbiji 2013-2015The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) presented its triennial report “Transitional Justice in Serbia in the Period from 2013 to 2015” on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. The aim of the Report is to inform the domestic and international public about the progress made in the implementation of transitional justice in this post-conflict society, by offering an analysis of the achievements and problems in the functioning of transitional justice mechanisms noted in Serbia in the period 2013-2015.

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Lessons about the Past: towards Recurrence or towards Reconciliation?

Lessons about the Past: towards Recurrence or towards Reconciliation?

Učenje o prošlostiThe Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) held a conference entitled “Role of Education in the Reconciliation Process”, on April 20th, 2016, in which history teachers and civic education teachers, representatives of the Ministry of Education, non-governmental organizations and expert members of the public participated. The Conference is a part of the HLC’s education programme “Education for Reconciliation”, which was established in 2012 in the form of a regional and national programme of informal education in dealing with the past. The objective of the Conference was to present two proposals for practical policies in the area of education, which would be focused on research into the needs and models for introducing topics from the field of dealing with the past, transitional justice and reconciliation into university programmes, and which would represent recommendations and models for incorporating judicial facts about the events of the 1990s into history books.

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Why Do Serbian Institutions Hide Information On War Crimes?

Why Do Serbian Institutions Hide Information On War Crimes?

Predstavljanje_izvestaja-5.04.2016On April 5th, 2016, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) presented its report “Access to documents related to crimes against international law in the possession of Serbian institutions: State Secret Prevails over Right to Truth”. The Report offers an overview of the practice in the Republic of Serbia Ministry of the Interior (MUP) and the Ministry of Defence (MO) in the enforcement of the rule on access to information of public importance in relation to investigation into the crimes against international law committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

 

 

 


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War Crimes Trials in Serbia in 2014 and 2015

War Crimes Trials in Serbia in 2014 and 2015

Predstavljanje izveštaja o suđenjima za ratne zločine 2014-15On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) presented the Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia in 2014 and 2015, and organised a debate on this occasion. The Report includes an analysis of 27 cases that were conducted before the courts in Serbia, the general findings about the war crimes trials, and an overview of the sociopolitical events that were of importance to the war crimes trials in Serbia in the said period.

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State Shows Overt Negligence towards Civilian Victims of War

State Shows Overt Negligence towards Civilian Victims of War

Neskrivena nebriga drzave za civilne zrtveOn January 22nd, 2016, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) presented the report “Victims’ Right to Reparation in Serbia and the European Court of Human Rights Standards”. The Report sums up the findings about the legal framework and the practice of respect for the right of victims of human rights violations committed during the 1990s to reparation, as evidenced during 2014 and 2015, in relation to the standards of the European Court of Human Rights. Approximately 40 representatives of civil society, victims’ associations, the media, embassies and international organizations participated in the Conference.


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“Operation Reka“ Dossier Presented

“Operation Reka“ Dossier Presented

Logo_FHP The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) presented the „Operation Reka“ Dossier on October 23rd, 2015. The Dossier offers an overview of the events which occurred on April 27th and 28th, 1999, in the villages located west of the town of Đakovica in Kosovo, when the comprehensive joint operation by Yugoslav Army (VJ) and the Ministry of the Interior (MUP) called „Operation Reka“ was launched. During this Operation, members of the Serbian forces killed at least 350 civilians – Kosovo Albanians, and deported several thousand other civilians to Albania. The bodies of 309 victims were found in 2001 in secret mass grave sites in a suburb of Belgrade. The youngest victim was 15 years old.

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Diplomas Awarded to IV Student Generation at Regional School of Transitional Justice – Youth Dialogue as Prerequisite for Reconciliation

Diplomas Awarded to IV Student Generation at Regional School of Transitional Justice – Youth Dialogue as Prerequisite for Reconciliation

tjs-dodela_diplomaA debate on the role of education in the process of dealing with the legacy of the violent past was held on October 22nd, 2015, in the Library of the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC). The participants in the debate were Sanja Petrović Todosijević, a historian from the Institute for the Recent History of Serbia, Daša Duhaček, a Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, the Deputy Executive Director of the HLC, Marijana Toma, and students of the fourth generation of the Regional School for Transitional Justice. The topics of the debate were the position of the educational system towards past human rights violations, the role of youth in reconciliation processes and non-institutional (informal) platforms for the provision of support to efforts to teach history on the basis of facts that have been established.

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The debate on Srebrenica: Recognition is necessary for reconciliation

The debate on Srebrenica: Recognition is necessary for reconciliation

srebrenica-engA documentary film entitled “Statement 710399” was shown last night in Belgrade Center for Cultural Decontamination. Following the screening there was a debate on the legacy of the genocide in Srebrenica, the possibilities of building trust and common remembrance, and the importance of court-established facts. Taking part in the debate were the film’s author and former spokesman for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Refik Hodzic, director of the SENSE – Center for Transitional Justice Mirko Klarin, a culturalist and activist from Banja Luka Srdjan Susnica, chief editor of the publishing house “Fabrika Knjiga” and columnist of the portal “Pescanik” Dejan Ilic and professor at the Faculty of Law of Union University in Belgrade Vesna Rakic Vodinelic.

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„Srebrenica – Culture of Remembrance“ Panel Discussion

„Srebrenica – Culture of Remembrance“ Panel Discussion

srebrenicaThe „Srebrenica-Culture of Remembrance“ Panel Discussion, organized by the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, was held on September 14th, 2015, at the Media Center in Belgrade.

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History textbooks in post-conflict societies: Education for reconciliation?

History textbooks in post-conflict societies: Education for reconciliation?

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On Friday April 24th, 2015, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) held a conference History textbooks in post-conflict societies: Education for reconciliation? The HLC’s aim was to contribute to the debate on the role of education in the process of dealing with the past and overcoming its heavy legacy, and the actualization of the issue to do with the contents of history textbooks regarding the wars and war crimes committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia during the 1990’s. Experts in the fields of history, political studies, law, sociology, and philosophy, many of whom have already made their contributions to the analysis of the content of history textbooks, were invited. The participants were invited to offer their answers to the problem of how historiography today values the judicial facts about war crimes, why most of the textbooks ignore these facts, which historical sources are relevant for the wars waged during 1990’s, and what the role of the voluminous material now available about war crimes, collected by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), might be in the creation of a common historical memory of all societies in the former Yugoslavia.

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