TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN SERBIA in the period from 2013 to 2015

TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN SERBIA in the period from 2013 to 2015

Izvestaj_o_TP_enThe aim of the report „Transitional Justice in Serbia in the period from 2013 to 2015“ is to inform the domestic and international publics on the progress of the process of establishing transitional justice in Serbia.

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Access to documents related to crimes against international law in the possesion of Serbian institutions: State Secret Prevails over Right to the Truth

Access to documents related to crimes against international law in the possesion of Serbian institutions: State Secret Prevails over Right to the Truth

Drzavna tajnaOpen access to archives which contain documents that can assist in determining the facts about past human rights violations is a key prerequisite for the establishment of transitional justice processes and mechanisms. In societies like the Serbian, which have experienced periods marked by systematic violence, access to information regarding human rights violations is an essential element of the right of victims and society as a whole to know the truth.

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Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia during 2014 and 2015

Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia during 2014 and 2015

dvogodisnji_izvestaj_korice_engThe biannual report on war crimes trials in Serbia offers an insight into all war crimes trials conducted  before the Higher Court and the Appellate Court in Belgrade, as well as before the courts of general jurisdiction. The report gives a brief overview of proceedings for 27 cases, as well as the basic findings of the HLC regarding the cases.

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Victims’ Right to Reparation in Serbia and the European Court of Human Rights Standards

Victims’ Right to Reparation in Serbia and the European Court of Human Rights Standards

izvestaj reparacije engFor societies that have experienced periods of massive human rights violations, the issue of reparations for victims is one of the most important elements for the establishment of the rule of law and creating solidarity and a human rights culture.

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Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia in 2013

Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia in 2013

The Report on War Crimes Trials in 2013 is based on the monitoring and analysis of war crimes trials before the Higher Court in Belgrade, Court of Appeal in Belgrade and the courts of general jurisdiction in Nis, Pozarevac and Prokuplje.

You can download the Report on War Crime Trials in Serbia in 2013 here.

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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.

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Fulfilling the Right for Victims of Human Rights Abuses to seek Reparation before the Serbian Courts

This Report offers a review of 15 cases in which HLC represented victims and which resulted in court decisions in 2012. There were a total of 18 judgments, 12 of which were negative and six positive, which awarded a total of RSD 1.76 million to victims of human rights abuses.


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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.


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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.


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