Cases Closed: Deaths of Ageing Balkan War Suspects Thwart Justice

Cases Closed: Deaths of Ageing Balkan War Suspects Thwart Justice
BalkanInsight_logoYears after the 1990s wars, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia have continued to slowly prosecute wartime crimes – but with increasing numbers of ageing suspects falling ill or dying, it’s likely that some cases will never see verdicts.

When the trial of a group of Serb fighters accused of the abductions and killings of passengers who were seized from a train in Bosnia during the war in 1993 continues at Belgrade Higher Court next month, there will be one fewer defendant in the dock.


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Storm in The Hague

Storm in The Hague

Oluja_u_Hagu-srA six-day social network campaign to commemorate civilians who perished during and in the aftermath of “Operation Storm” in the summer of 1995 will be launched on August 4th, 2021.

The campaign, based on the video excerpts from the interactive narrative “Storm in The Hague” produced by SENSE, will be managed by SENSE – Center for Transitional Justice, Serb National Council, Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past, and Humanitarian Law Center (Serbia). A number of other civil society organizations from the region will join.


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Digital archive collection – “Crimes in Foča in 1992”

Digital archive collection – “Crimes in Foča in 1992”

ThDAK-Foca-ene Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) presents the first digital archive collection “Crimes in Foča in 1992”.

The digital collection contains judgments, videos, exhibits and other materials collected from court databases and the HLC archives. The aim of the collection is to present and document in a comprehensive way the war crimes against the Bosniak population of Foča committed at the beginning of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

When Foča fell under Serb forces’ control at the end of April 1992, members of the forces arrested non-Serb civilians and took them to detention facilities. A special target of the attack were Bosniak women and girls, many of whom were held in sexual slavery in several detention facilities, where they were raped, tortured and otherwise abused and humiliated.


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Digital Narrative of the Humanitarian Law Center – “10th Sabotage Detachment”

Digital Narrative of the Humanitarian Law Center – “10th Sabotage Detachment”

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On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the execution of captured Srebrenica men at the Branjevo military farm, the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) presents its fourth digital narrative “10th Sabotage Detachment”. The narrative is created on the basis of a HLC Dossier: “10th Sabotage Detachment of the Main Staff of the Army of Republika Srpska” that was publicly presented in 2011.

The 10th Sabotage Detachment, a unit of the Main Staff of the Army of Republika Srpska, participated in the commission of Srebrenica genocide in July 1995. As far as is known, members of the 10th Sabotage Detachment took part in two mass executions of Bosniak men from Srebrenica in July 1995 – the one at the Branjevo military farm on 16 July, in which about 1,200 captured Bosniaks from Srebrenica were killed, and the one in the village of Bišina on 23 July 1995, in which at least 39 prisoners were killed.

The digital narrative contains a description of the events in question, a number of survivors’ accounts, numerous documents that clearly suggest that members of the 10th sabotage detachment were responsible for these events, and several court judgments that confirm their responsibility.

The digital narrative is available at the following link.

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Online discussion: War Crimes Trials in the Context of Serbia’s Accession to the European Union Tuesday, Jun 29, 2021 at 12:00

Online discussion:  War Crimes Trials in the Context of Serbia’s Accession to the European Union Tuesday, Jun 29, 2021 at 12:00

Online-razgovor-enThe Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) invites you to a discussion “War Crimes Trials in the Context of Serbia’s Accession to the European Union”, during which a “Model Strategy for the Prosecuting of War Crimes Committed During and in Relation to the Armed Conflicts in the Former Yugoslavia (Period: 2021-2026)” (Model Strategy), as well as the analysis of the results achieved during the implementation of the National Strategy for War Crimes Prosecution (2016-2020) will be presented.


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