HLC Kosovo report: Witnesses still The Achilles hell in high profile trials

Kosovo_report_2013_coversAs part of the project Monitoring of Trials for War Crimes and Politically and Ethnically Motivated Criminal Offences, the Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo (HLC Kosovo) during 2013[454], continued with the systematic monitoring and analysis of the progress of the most important trials in Kosovo, since these trials attract the greatest attention of professional and general public, monitors, printed and electronic media, civil society and non-governmental sector, as well as international human rights organizations.


Transitional Justice in Post-Yugoslav countries – Report for 2010/2011

The subject of this report are relevant events in the transitional justice arena in the successor countries of the former Yugoslavia: trials for war crimes committed in the period 1991-1999, institutional reform referring to lustration, approach that institutions and public have to convicts, media reporting about war crimes, truth commissions, work of civil society organizations on documenting facts about war crimes, resolution of the issue of missing persons, return of refugees, reparations, memorials.


HLC participation in war crimes prosecutions in Serbia

In 2003, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) strongly supported the establishment of the Prosecutor’s Office and the judicial councils for war crimes in Serbia. In the absence of communication and cooperation among the countries in the region, the HLC facilitated support from the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia for the first first trial for war crimes committed in Croatia (the Ovcara case). By the end of 2011, as many as 70 victims and witnesses from other countries had testified before the Higher court in Belgrade at the HLC’s invitation. The HLC handed a video recording of the execution of Muslims from Srebrenica to the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor (OWCP), based on which the OWCP pressed charges against members of the Scorpions police unit. The HLC enabled the families of victims from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo to monitor trials. The HLC represented, and continues to represent, victims’ families in every major war crimes case before trial chambers of the Higher Court in Belgrade – War Crimes Department.


Material reparation for human rights violations committed in the past

Objavljen je izveštaj Fonda za humanitarno pravo „Materijalne reparacije za povrede ljudskih prava u prošlosti”. Izveštaj se bavi praksom sudova u Srbiji u procesima sticanja prava na reparacije žrtava i porodica žrtava kršenja ljudskih prava. Dokument možete preuzeti ovde.

The Humanitarian Law Center published the report “Material Reparations for Human Rights Violations Committed in the Past”. The report deals with the court practice in Serbia in proceedings for exercising the right of victims and family members of victims of human rights violations. You may download the document here.


CE Commissioner for HR Mr Hammarberg’s Report – Serbia 2011


Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg and his delegation visited Serbia from 12 to 15 June 2011. In the course of this visit the Commissioner held discussions with representatives of the Serbian authorities and intergovernmental organisations, as well as with members of civil society. The present Report focuses on the following major issues: post-war justice and reconciliation (section I); fight against discrimination (section II); and freedom of the media, access to public information and personal data protection (section III). Each section is accompanied by the Commissioner’s conclusions and recommendations.

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