(srpski) PAMTIMO: Sjeverin 1992-2020

(srpski) PAMTIMO: Sjeverin 1992-2020

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On the occasion of the verdict for the murder of prisoner of war Ivan Sivrić in Kožuhe

On the occasion of the verdict for the murder of prisoner of war Ivan Sivrić in Kožuhe

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On October 15, 2020, the Higher Court in Belgrade sentenced Nebojša Stojanović to eight years in prison for the murder of prisoner of war Ivan Sivrić in Kožuhe in May 1992. The Humanitarian Law Center believes that the sentence was fair and appropriate for the gravity of the crime, as well as that this is one of the few war crimes trials that was completed without delay and in a short time.

On July 13, 2018, the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor filed an indictment against Nebojša Stojanović, a member of a volunteer unit controlled by the Serbian army, for killing the prisoner of war Ivan Sivrić in early May 1992 in the village of Kožuhe (near Doboj, BiH). In the evening hours, Stojanović took Sivrić out of the Energoinvest factory yard, where the latter was imprisoned, and then took him to a place called Djelovačka Bara, near the River Bosna, where he killed him in a previously dug grave, by shooting him twice in the head with a pistol.

On the basis of the testimony of the injured party and witnesses – inhabitants of Kožuhe and Stojanović’s comrades-in-arms -, the court determined that Ivan Sivrić was a prisoner of war from the Croatian army, that Stojanović was in Kožuhe at the time of the killing, and that he had taken Sivrić to a local café a few days before the killing, where he threatened to kill him. Witnesses identified Stojanović by the fact that he had what they called a characteristic “Cherokee” haircut at the time of the killing.


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The Humanitarian Law Center possesses a specialized library, with the purpose of collecting and preserving materials relating to transitional justice, dealing with the past and humanitarian law, as well as history, sociology, and other associated areas of interest. In addition, its funds also contain memoirs, essays, reports by various organizations, transcripts from conferences, testimonies, documentaries, etc. The library allows HLC employees, researchers, and students to find necessary literature and information relating to publications from these areas.

The library fund has 5,196 titles (5,432 physical copies).  According to the type of publications, the library has: 4,006 monographs (4,235 copies), 981 copies of serial publications and magazines, 33 titles on 40 CD and DVD editions, and 176 copies.

The library has become a part of the electronic bibliographic and library database named COBISS, and its funds may be searched on the Internet:

http://vbs.rs/scripts/cobiss?command=CONNECT&base=70701&lani=en

The library also creates bibliographies of books used by HLC researchers offering them an overview of literature on specific topics (located in the HLC library). Three bibliographies listing publications relating to the topics of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia, with a special focus on war crimes and human rights violations during armed conflicts, have been created so far. Besides these topics, they also contain theoretical and literary works of authors from these areas.

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