Suđenja za ratne zločine u Srbiji u 2007.

War crimes trials in Serbia are being held before the War Crimes Trials Chamber of the Belgrade District Court founded in July 2003. In addition, two members of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia (MUP Serbia) are being tried before the District Court in Požarevac for war crimes committed in Kosovo (Orahovac Case). The Niš District Court brought a first instance decision in the trial of two members of MUP Serbia for a murder committed during the armed conflict in Kosovo (the Emini Case), while in the Pakšec Case the Novi Sad District Court brought a first instance decision for the criminal offences of murder and rape.


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Humanitarian Law Center 2007 Annual report

The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) helps societies in the territory of the former Yugoslavia to establish the rule of law and to come to terms with the legacy of massive human rights violations in order to prevent their recurrence, establish the criminal responsibility of the perpetrators and ensure that justice is done.

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Application of Anti-discrimination Law and Law on the Use of Languages in Kosovo Public Companies

During the period: 1 October – 15 December 2007, the Humanitarian Law Center-Kosovo (HLC-Kosovo) conducted research on the application of Anti-discrimination Law and the Law on the Use of Languages in Kosovo public companies. The research included the following companies: Kosovo Energy Corporation (KEK)1, Post and Telecommunications of Kosovo (PTK)2, Kosovo Railways, Kosovotrans, Termokos, Town Central Heating Gjakovë/Đakovica, Priština/Prishtinë Airport, regional public companies for water supply and sewage, public utility companies, as well as companies for maintenance of parks, cemeteries and open market places. The research was conducted in all five regions of Kosovo (Prishtinë/Priština, Prizren/Prizren, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Peja/Peć i Mitrovicë/Mitrovica) in main offices and regional centres.

Application of Anti-discrimination Law and Law on the Use of Languages in Kosovo Public Companies

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Kosovo Institutions Applying the Law on the Use of Languages

In the period from July to October 2007, the Humanitarian Law Center – Kosovo (HLC – Kosovo) researched and analyzed the extent to which local Kosovo institutions, Kosovo Assembly, District and Municipal Court in Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo Property Agency, and Health Care Centre IV apply the Law on the Use of Languages. HLC-Kosovo conducted research in the following multiethnic municipalities: (Prizren/Prizren, Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Klinë/Klina, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Peja/Peć, and Dragaš/Dragash). It was also conducted in the municipalities with a predominantly Albanian population (Skenderaj/Srbica, Deçan/Dečane, Gllogovc/Glogovac, Malishevë/Mališevo, Podujevë/Podujevo/), and in the municipalities with predominantly Serb population (Štrpce/Shtërpcë, Leposavić/Leposaviq, Zubin Potok/Zubin Potok, and Zvečan/Zveçan). HLC-Kosovo treated Prishtinë/Priština and Mitrovicë/Mitrovica as special cases.

Kosovo Institutions Applying the Law on the Use of Languages

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Practice of Implementing the Law on the Use of Language in the Kosovo Education Process

In the period from February to May 2007, members of the HLC – Kosovo research team monitored if Article 4.4. of the Constitutional Framework for Provisional Self-Governance in Kosovo and The Law on the Use of Language, which give guarantees to the members of minority communities in Kosovo that they would have education organized in their mother tongue, were implemented. On the basis of interviews conducted with the members of ethnic communities, teachers who teach in the languages of minorities, representatives of the local and central Kosovo institutions, analysis of the Constitutional Framework for Provisional Self-Governance in Kosovo, Law on the Use of Language, Law on the Preschool Education, and the Law on Elementary and High School Education, the HLC – Kosovo wants to give a documented account regarding whether or not the guaranteed right of minorities to have education in their mother tongue is respected, to point to the obstacles that stand in the way of the complete implementation of this right, and give recommendations to the Kosovo institutions and UNMIK in order to have the situation considering the education of minority communities’ members in their mother tongue improved, thus enabling their complete integration into society in Kosovo .

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Ethnic Communities in Kosovo in 2006

The report relates to the period January-December 2006, coinciding with the Vienna talks on the future status of Kosovo between the Serbian Government and Kosovo Negotiations Team. Given the circumstances, the monitoring of respect for the human rights of ethnic communities is an activity of the utmost importance.


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Ethnic Communities in Kosovo in 2006

The report relates to the period January-December 2006, coinciding with the Vienna talks on the future status of Kosovo between the Serbian Government and Kosovo Negotiations Team. Given the circumstances, the monitoring of respect for the human rights of ethnic communities is an activity of the utmost importance.

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Humanitarian Law Center Annual Report 2006

The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) is actively helping countries formed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia establish the rule of law and accept the legacy of their past marked by mass human rights abuses committed during armed conflicts on their territories, in order to prevent the recurrence of such crimes, establish the criminal responsibility of perpetrators, and serve justice.

In order to do this, in 2006 not only did HLC continue implementing transitional justice projects initiated several years ago, but it also started new projects such as reparations for victims of human rights abuses committed during armed conflicts on the territory of the former Yugoslavia. All projects support the programmatic structure of the organisation, which comprises three pillars: Documentation and Memory, Justice and Institutional Reform, and Public Information and Outreach.

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