Transitional justice, reconciliation key for restoring confidence in South Eastern Europe, say OSCE mission heads
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 17 May 2013– The heads of the OSCE Missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia called for further efforts in transitional justice and reconciliation to ensure regional stability and prosperity ahead of the two-day conference in Jahorina in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Belgrade - Nataša Kandić argues that the judgments rendered in the Gotovina, Markač and Perišić cases have demonstrated the limitations of a criminal justice which does not take due account of the victims of the wars.
Nataša Kandić said in Zagreb today that the process of dealing with the past in Serbia depends on the development of relations with Kosovo.
‘It is hard to imagine any regional cooperation on issues of the past in the absence of a normal relationship between Serbia and Kosovo,’ said Nataša Kandić, Founder of the Humanitarian Law Centre and Regional Coordinator of the RECOM Process, after presenting a regional report on transitional justice for the period 2011-2012.
On April 2, 2013, the Center for Democracy and Transitional Justice from Banja Luka hosted a debate on the “Accomplishments and challenges of transitional justice in post-Yugoslav countries”. The aim was to start a public debate about the accomplishments so far and challenges ahead in the field of transitional justice in post-Yugoslav countries, with a particular emphasis on the state of transitional justice in B&H.
The President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, on 25 March 2013 appointed her legal adviser Selim Selimi as her personal envoy to RECOM’s Regional Expert Group.Personal envoys have so far been appointed by the presidents of Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia, as well as by two members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The third member of the BH Presidency is expected to appoint his personal envoy too.
Reiterated the importance of regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations for Western Balkan countries in their path towards European integration; called on the authorities to continue to support the Initiative for REKOM, an initiative which is an important mechanism for the reconciliation process for the countries of the former Yugoslavia; called on the presidents of the countries which are yet to appoint their representatives to the REKOM to do so immediately so as to finalize the process of REKOM's formal establishment.
The subject of this report are relevant events in the transitional justice arena in the successor countries of the former Yugoslavia: trials for war crimes committed in the period 1991-1999, institutional reform referring to lustration, approach that institutions and public have to convicts, media reporting about war crimes, truth commissions, work of civil society organizations on documenting facts about war crimes, resolution of the issue of missing persons, return of refugees, reparations, memorials.
The Coalition for RECOM’s film Pogled umjetnika na prošlost, directed by Dino Mustafic, will be screened at this year’s Dox film festival in Zagreb The film will be shown at 10 p.m. on 28 February 2013 in Auditorium 4 of the Cineplexx cinema at Zagreb's Kaptol shopping centre.At 2 p.m. the same day, artists will discuss reconciliation from the point of view of the other.
Ambassador Vodopija: Croatia supports RECOM with a view to better inter-neighbour relations in the region
Croatia was the first state in the region to express concrete support for the establishment of RECOM, when President Ivo Josipović appointed his personal envoy to the regional Initiative for RECOM.
President of Slovenia Borut Pahor: RECOM is necessary for reconciliation and confidence-building among peoples
The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, has given an audience to Igor Mekina, the Public Advocate for the Initiative for RECOM.During his exhaustive talk with the President of Slovenia, the Public Advocate for the Initiative for RECOM outlined the progress so far of the RECOM process and the Commission's main tasks.