Reports on war crimes trials in the Republic of Serbia 2010


In this document you can find:

  • Report on trials for war crimes and ethnically motivated crimes in Serbia 2010.
  • Analysis of procedures and court decisions in the case of Suva Reka
  • Report on irregularities in war crimes proceedings in the Republic of Serbia 

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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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Irregularities and Abuse of Power in War Crimes Proceedings in the Republic of Serbia

Irregularities and Abuse of Power in War Crimes Proceedings in the Republic of Serbia , exmple: Case of the 37th Battalion of Special Police Units-, Confidential Report of  November 15, 2010, released on March,10, 2011.


Trials for war crimes and ethnically and politically motivated crimes in post-Yugoslav countries

In 2008, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) monitored all trials held in Serbia for war crimes, murders and other criminal offences committed in the context of armed conflicts, all trials conducted in Kosovo for war crimes and ethnically or politically motivated criminal offences and selected war crimes trials in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as part of regional cooperation on monitoring war crimes trials before national courts.


Ethnic Communities in Kosovo in 2007 and 2008

Security Issues, Employment, and Application of Law on the Use of Languages and Anti-discrimination Law in Kosovo; Return of Displaced Persons to Kosovo in 2007 and 2008; Kosovo Institutions Applying the Law on the Use of Languages; Application of Anti-discrimination Law and Law on the Use of Languages in Kosovo Public Companies; Implementation of the Law on the Use of Languages in the Kosovo Education Process.


Transitional Justice in Post-Yugoslav Countries – 2007 Report

This report is the result of systematic monitoring of initiatives in the field of transitional justice in the countries which came into existence following the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. The monitoring has been carried out by human rights organisations, the Humanitarian Law Center (Belgrade) and Documenta (Zagreb). The disintegration of the Yugoslav federation was marked by three high-intensity armed conflicts – in Croatia (1991-95), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-95) and Kosovo (1998-99), where at least 130,000 people lost their lives, millions were forced to flee their homes, while hundreds of thousands of houses were destroyed.


Security Issues, Employment and Application of Law on the Use of Languages and the Anti-discrimination Law in Kosovo

In the period: January – April 2008, the Humanitarian Law Center – Kosovo (HLC-Kosovo) conducted thematic research related to two different periods: the first period – from January until Kosovo’s declaration of independence on 17 February 2008 and the second – from the declaration of independence until April 2008.

During the first period, HLC-Kosovo researched the extent to which citizens had equal freedom of movement, access to municipal and other Kosovo institutions, such as health institutions, as well as the extent to which provisions of the Law on the Use of Languages and the Anti-discrimination Law were applied. This research also sought to establish whether citizens of Kosovo are satisfied with the services provided by public companies and whether Kosovo citizens’ right to information in their own languages is respected. During the period after 17 February 2008, HLC-Kosovo conducted research primarily to assess the freedom of movement of Kosovo–Serbs. Research also assessed the extent to which minority citizens have quit their jobs, the number of minority employees that have returned to their workplaces, and the response of the Kosovo institutions.


Trials for ethnically motivated 33 crimes and war crimes in Kosovo Report for 2007

The office of the Humanitarian Law Center in Kosovo (HLC-Kosovo) is working to document facts that will assist society in Kosovo to deal with the recent past, while at the same time promoting the protection of minority rights, whose unsatisfactory situation is largely a legacy of the recent past. HLC-Kosovo seeks to counter denial and political manipulation of human losses, and ensure the integrity and transparency of war crimes trials dealing with those losses. It also seeks to promote and monitor the protection of minority rights, which are fundamental to Kosovo’s democratic development, to prospects for minority return, and ultimately to a peaceful relationship between Kosovo and Serbia.