The Victims to Become the Concern of the Societies and Institutions of Serbia and Croatia

The Victims to Become the Concern of the Societies and Institutions of Serbia and Croatia

OlujaThis year marks25 years since the military and police action “Storm” (Oluja), during which Croatian military forces committed numerous crimes against Serbs living in the area of the so-called Republic of Srpska Krajina. Even after 25 years, justice for the victims of the crimes committed has not yet been achieved, responsibility for which must be carried by the institutions of both Croatia and Serbia. While the anniversary of Operation Storm continues to be celebrated in Croatia, ignoring the atrocities committed during and after that action, Serbian state representatives misuse the victims for political purposes during state-sponsored commemorations of the same event. Both states have a legal and moral obligation to change the relationship to the crimes committed during Operation Storm, and to show that the care of the victims and prosecution of those responsible for war crimes is to be a pillar of future reconciliation.

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The English episode of Memory Cultures in Dialogue podcast is out

The English episode of Memory Cultures in Dialogue podcast is out

KS-logoHow and why does wartime violence against civilians occur in the communities that have lived together in peace for a long time? Why does this happen in some local-level communities and not in others? How does memory of the past waves of violence matter in this context? In our first episode in English, we are discussing these questions on the examples of armed conflicts in Croatia, Uganda and Guatemala. Our guest is Mila Dragojević, Associate Professor in Politics at the University of South, Sewanee and the author of Amoral Communities: Collective Crimes in Time of War.

The episode is available on the podcast website: https://www.kulturesecanja.org/en/podcast/episode-3-amoral-communities/

The new blog post summarises our conversation with Mila Dragojević and the key points of her recent book:  https://www.kulturesecanja.org/en/blog/amoral-communities/ ‎

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Project Memory Cultures in Dialogue is supported by NIWANO Peace Foundation from Japan.

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The European Commission’s Non-Paper on the State of Play regarding Chapters 23 and 24 for Serbia: To overcome the legacy of the past, it is necessary to improve regional cooperation

The European Commission’s Non-Paper on the State of Play regarding Chapters 23 and 24 for Serbia: To overcome the legacy of the past, it is necessary to improve regional cooperation

Copy of Copy of Non-paper infoIn June 2020, the European Commission (EC) announced its so-called “non-paper”, i.e. a semi-annual report on the current situation with Chapter 23 (Judiciary and Fundamental Rights) and Chapter 24 (Justice, Freedom and Security). Concerning the prosecution of war crimes, Chapter 23 provides for a series of measures and activities that would enable the recommendations for greater efficiency in domestic war crimes trials to be adequately addressed. The measures of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for the implementation of these recommendations are defined by the Action Plan for Chapter 23, and this semi-annual report shows whether and how much progress has made by Serbia in its implementation. The “non-paper” indicates that Serbia is still far from making progress in the field of war crimes, even though Chapter 23 was opened four years ago.


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