The fourteenth issue of the Bulletin “through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE”

The fourteenth issue of the Bulletin “through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE”

bilten_engThe new issue of the through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE bulletin brings an interview with the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Mr. Serge Brammertz, who spoke about the importance of establishing criminal justice for the war crimes committed and the achievements of the ICTY and national judiciaries. The Bulletin also relays an opinion about whether the European Union is faced with certain constraints, which make it difficult for the EU to approach the issues of establishing justice for the crimes committed in a more decisive and thorough manner. Mr. Iavor Rangelov and Ms. Marika Theros from the London School of Economics and Ms. Nataša Kandić, the founder of the Humanitarian Law Center and the RECOM Initiative Coordinator, give their answers to these questions.

The News section highlights current developments in the areas of transitional justice and Serbia’s EU integration process, and the War Crimes Trials section offers an overview of recently held trials and rulings delivered.

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The thirteenth issue of the Bulletin “through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE”

The thirteenth issue of the Bulletin “through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE”

bilten_engThe new issue of the through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE bulletin brings an interview with the Regional Cooperation Council’s Secretary General Mr. Goran Svilanović, and the analysis of the victims’ rights in Serbia provided by Humanitarian Law Center’s Legal Analyst Mr. Relja Radosavljević.

The News section highlights current developments in the areas of transitional justice and Serbia’s EU integration process, and the War Crimes Trials section offers an overview of recently held trials and rulings delivered.

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The twelfth issue of the Bulletin “through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE”

The twelfth issue of the Bulletin “through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE”

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The new issue of the through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE bulletin brings an article authored by the Deputy War Crimes Prosecutor of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Bruno Vekarić, and the Director of Programmes of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Croatia, Mario Mažić.

Bruno Vekarić emphasizes the importance of the strategic framework for the prosecution of war crimes, and informs the public about the preparation of the Prosecution Strategy aimed at the investigation and prosecution of all individuals responsible for atrocities committed during the armed conflicts on the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

Mario Mažić writes about the positions of Croatian institutions and the EU regarding the need for Croatia – when, as a post-conflict society, it was still a EU candidate country – to implement reforms which would encompass the application of transitional justice mechanisms, before their being able to join the community of European countries.

The News section highlights current developments in the areas of transitional justice and Serbia’s EU integration process, and the War Crimes Trials section offers an overview of recently held trials and rulings delivered.

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The eleventh issue of the Bulletin “through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE”

bilten_engThe new issue of the through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE bulletin brings an interview with the Ambassador of Switzerland to Serbia and to Montenegro, Mr. Jean-Daniel Ruch, and an article authored by the Director of the Policy Center, Dragan Popović.

With Ambassador Ruch we discussed the establishing of regional stability and reconciliation in the Western Balkans, Serbia’s priorities during its chairing of the OSCE, Serbia’s achievements in the field of dealing with the past and the potential contained in the European integration process for further improvements in this area, as well as the contribution of the ICTY towards establishing the facts about the crimes committed and reconciliation between the different communities in the region.

Dragan Popović explained how important it is to include transitional justice topics in the process of the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo. He stated that it is necessary that the Brussels negotiations include the topics of establishing the truth about war crimes, the prosecution of individuals responsible, the implementation of institutional reforms, reparation measures of many kinds, and disclosing the fate of missing persons.

The News section highlights current developments in the areas of transitional justice and Serbia’s EU integration process, and the War Crimes Trials section offers an overview of recently held trials and rulings delivered.

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The tenth issue of the bulletin “through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE”

The tenth issue of the bulletin “through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE”

bilten_engThe 10th issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE has been released!

This issue features an interview with Dr Vladimir Orlić, Chairman of the EU-Serbia Stabilization and Association Parliamentary Committee and a MP of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. In it Mr Orlić answers our questions about whether Serbia has recognised the importance of addressing the grave legacy of the past, how the Committee he chairs approaches this subject and in what way the National Assembly can contribute towards reconciliation in the Western Balkans.

Goran Miletić, Western Balkans Programme Director at Civil Rights Defenders, analyses whether and to what extent Serbia has met the political criteria for becoming an EU member.

The News section highlights current developments in the areas of transitional justice and Serbia’s EU integration process, and the War Crimes Trials section offers an overview of recently held trials and rulings delivered.

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The Ninth issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE

The Ninth issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE

bilten_engThe ninth issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE has been published!

The ninth issue of the Bulletin conveys a discussion with the European Parliament Rapporteur on Serbia, Mr David McAllister, regarding the necessity of dealing with the legacy of the past for a state striving to become an EU member, and current endeavours to establish and apply mechanisms of transitional justice in Serbia.

A researcher at the University of Magdeburg, Ms Katarina Ristić, analyzes the consequences of the policy of conditionality demanding from Serbia to cooperate with ICTY, which has been applied by the EU for years, and its contribution to the recognition and acknowledgment of responsibility for crimes committed during the armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

The column dedicated to the news contains an overview of the most recent events in the field of transitional justice and Serbia’s EU integration process in the period January – April 2015.

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The Eight issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE

The Eight issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE

The eight issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE has been published!

The Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia, Mr. Michael Davenport, speaks about Transitional Justice as an integral part of Serbia’s EU accession negotiations. He expresses the EU standpoint with regard to the dealing with the legacy of the armed conflicts and of the systematic violations of human rights committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the importance of the negotiation process for establishing and accepting the responsibility for the crimes committed. A view of Serbia’s EU accession negotiations as offering a potential springboard for the development and comprehensive application of adequate Transitional Justice mechanisms is offered by Jelena Krstić, the Humanitarian Law Centre’s Outreach Manager.

The column dedicated to the news contains an overview of the most recent events in the field of transitional justice and Serbia’s EU integration process in the period November 2014-January 2015.

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The seventh issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE

The seventh issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE

bilten_engThe new issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE has been published!

The 7th issue of the Bulletin relays the experiences of Croatia, which directed a part of its endeavours during the EU accession negotiations to the advancement of the prosecution of war crimes. The requirement to include these issues involving the reform processes in the field of the rule of law in Croatia arrived from the European Union as standards that need to be met prior to joining the union of European countries. Mr. Kristian Turkalj, the negotiator for Chapters 23 and 24 from the Republic of Croatia, writes on this topic.

The President of the Sandžak Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms, Semiha Kačar, writes on the need for Serbia to acknowledge its responsibility for the crimes committed against the citizens of Sandžak during the armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, to prosecute the individuals responsible for these crimes and to vet individuals from institutions who were involved in them, as well as to grant the status of civilian victims of war to victims and victims’ family members.

The column dedicated to the news contains an overview of the most recent events in the field of transitional justice and Serbia’s EU integration process.

Owing to the strike of the Serbian and Belgrade BAR Associations, war crimes trials have not been held since September 10th.

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The sixth issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE

The sixth issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE

bilten_engThe new issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE has been published!

The sixth issue brings to attention the discussion on rare war crimes indictments filed against high-ranking members of the military and police, as well as the possibility to prosecute for command responsibility and crimes against humanity.

A researcher from the Amnesty International, Sian Jones, poses the question as to why an adequate investigation of those suspected of planning, instigating, ordering and covering up war crimes in Serbia still does not exist despite its numerous announcements. Ivan Jovanović, a Consultant for international criminal and humanitarian law, argues whether command responsibility and crimes against humanity can be prosecuted in Serbia and why.

The News column provides an overview of the latest developments in the field of transitional justice and the European integration of Serbia.

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The fifth issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE

The fifth issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE

bilten_engThe fifth issue of the bulletin through ACCESSION towards JUSTICE published!

This issue triggers discussion on the significance of creating the Regional Commission for Establishing the Facts about War Crimes and Other Gross Violations of Human Rights Committed on the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia (RECOM). It also reminds us about one rather forgotten issue – the rights of the citizens who were forcibly mobilized after fleeing to Serbia from the war zones in Croatia and B&H.

And, at the end, there are columns in the Bulletin offering an overview of events and war crimes trials in the period following June 15th, 2014.

The bulletin wishes to underline how important it is for a country aspiring to join the community of European nations, but also for the EU itself, to initiate the process of dealing with the past. History has shown that unresolved issues of the past are always present, hampering the functioning of a political system, be it a state or a community of states. Therefore, both the Republic of Serbia and the EU Member States have an obligation to secure a stable political and legal system for their citizens, a system governed by the rule of law, which will guarantee the protection of and respects for human rights of its citizens.

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