Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia during 2021

Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia during 2021

GI-2021-enThe HLC has monitored all war crimes trials conducted in the territory of Serbia in 2021, namely a total of 26 cases conducted before the War Crimes Departments of the Higher Court and/or the Court of Appeal in Belgrade. The Report provides a brief overview of the proceedings and of the HLC’s basic findings in respect of cases which are of public relevance. A large number of the war crimes cases covered by this Report have been going on for a number of years now, so that previous HLC annual trial reports are also relevant for a full grasp of the course of the proceedings and the pertinent HLC findings.

The report focuses on the work of the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor (OWCP) and of the courts in parts of the judicial proceedings open to the public, primarily by analysing the indictments and the judgments in each particular case. An analysis of the work of other bodies involved in the prosecution of war crimes – the War Crimes Investigation Service of the Serbian Ministry of the Interior (MUP), the Witness Protection Unit and others, cannot not be undertaken in respect of the individual cases, as no information on their activities is publicly available.


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Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia during 2021

Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia during 2021

Izvestaj-enThe Report includes an analysis of 26 cases monitored by the HLC before the war crimes departments of the Higher Court and the Court of Appeals in Belgrade. Also, the Report contains an overview of the general findings on war crimes trials during 2021, as well as important socio-political events that are vital for war crimes trials in Serbia.

The report is available here

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Presentation of the Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia during 2021

Presentation of the Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia during 2021

Godisnji-izvestaj-2021-enThe Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) will present the Report on War Crimes Trials in Serbia during 2021 on Friday, May 6, 2022, at 11:00 AM. The presentation will take place in the Main Conference Hall of the Media Centre in Belgrade (Terazije 3, 2nd floor).

The Report includes an analysis of 26 cases monitored by the HLC before the war crimes departments of the Higher Court and the Court of Appeals in Belgrade. Also, the Report contains an overview of the general findings on war crimes trials during 2021, as well as important socio-political events that are vital for war crimes trials in Serbia.


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Press release: Minister Vulin continuously in the company of war crimes convicts

Press release: Minister Vulin continuously in the company of war crimes convicts

vulin-saopstenje-enAccording to some media reports, Saša Cvjetan, a member of the “Scorpions” unit who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005 for war crimes against Albanian civilians during the Kosovo war, was an honoured guest at the commemoration of Srebrenica Municipality Day on March 11 this year. At the ceremony, seated  in the same row as Cvjetan, was Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin, who also gave a speech on that occasion.

The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) believes that it is inadmissible that state officials of Serbia be found in the company of war criminals, thereby knowingly affording them the legitimacy to participate in political life. It is in this way that the rehabilitation of those convicted of the most serious crimes during the wars of the 1990s and historical revisionism of court-established facts are carried out.


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Call for Proposals: Media and Revisionism

Call for Proposals: Media and Revisionism

mar-enIn Serbia’s public discourse, the dominant interpretations on the Yugoslav wars not only ignore or devalue judicially-established facts about crimes committed during the wars, but deny and falsify the facts into distorted narratives. Media work in a context of increasing monopolisation by revisionist memory politics from above. At the same time, media themselves are becoming a crucial instrument in revisionist memory politics.

Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) is hiring a consultant who will write a programmatic paper on the topic “Media and Revisionism”. The paper should identify and analyse revisionist trends in media reports on the wars of the 1990s (on the occasions of anniversaries, important decisions, etc.), and provide tools and resources for an alternative, critical role of media in dealing with the past. Therefore, the HLC is inviting scholars and researchers to submit their paper proposals on the topic “Media and Revisionism”.

All submissions are required to include the applicant’s CV (up to 3 pages) and a paper proposal (up to 300 words). Submissions should be made electronically to office@hlc-rdc.org with the subject line: “CfP Media and Revisionism”. The deadline is April 5, 2022. Only successful applicants will be contacted by the HLC.

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