On the occasion of the judgement of the High Court in Belgrade in the Case against Milanko Dević

On the occasion of the judgement of the High Court in Belgrade in the Case against Milanko Dević

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On November 13, 2018, the War Crimes Chamber of the High Court in Belgrade issued a judgement, pronouncing a member of the Republika Srpska Army (VRS), Milanko Dević, guilty of the murder of a Bosniak civilian in the hamlet of Šljivari (village of Donja Sanica, Ključ municipality, Bosnia and Herzegovina), and sentenced him to seven years in prison. The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) considers that the court made the right decision by convicting Dević, pointing out that this was the first convicting judgment for a war crime brought by the High Court in a regular trial in the last two years.

In the second half of July 1992, members of the VRS – Milanko Dević, Bogdan Šobot and another unknown soldier – came to the house of Ismet Šljivar, located in the hamlet of Šljivar in the village of Donja Sanica (Ključ municipality, BiH). After their entering his house, Šljivar was taken out at the point of a gun, and then taken to the place known as “Božin Mill”, where he was killed and his body thrown into the River Sanica. In 2018, Bogdan Šobot was sentenced to six years in prison by the Cantonal Court in Bihać for this murder.

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Two years after the filing of the criminal complaint against Dušan Lončar, the OWCP has still not taken action

Two years after the filing of the criminal complaint against Dušan Lončar, the OWCP has still not taken action

Specijalni sudToday, exactly two years have passed since the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) filed a criminal complaint with the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor (OWCP) against Dušan Lončar, former Commander of the Second Proletarian Elite Motorized Brigade of the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA 2nd PEMBR), for the crime committed in the village of Lovas (Croatia) in October 1991. The HLC informs the public that since the lodging of the criminal complaint, the OWCP has done nothing to investigate this crime and prosecute those responsible.

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Serbia Embraces War Criminals and Convicts Their Critics

Serbia Embraces War Criminals and Convicts Their Critics

BalkanInsight_logoWhen activists protested against an event organised by the ruling party promoting a convicted war criminal, we were fined – showing again how Serbian officials still reject the truth about the 1990s conflicts.

In November 1991 in Vukovar in Croatia, around 260 people were killed in what is known as the Ovcara massacre. On Tuesday, we who raised our voices against the perpetrators of this crime were fined by a Serbian court.


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Library

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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