The round table was organized in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Centre for Research and Policy-Making and the Coalition for RECOM.This was the third debate, out of a planned three, aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of dealing with the past and strengthening support for the RECOM Initiative.
The Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo organized in Prizren on 28 October 2013 informative consultations with representatives of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities (RAE) on the RECOM Process and dealing with the past. Participants included representatives of the RAE communities, the Coalition for RECOM from the ‘22. May’ Association of Victims’ Families, the Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication, Integra, Rexhep Lushta, Imam of Mitrovica/Mitrovicë, and the public advocate for the RECOM Initiative, Adriatik Kelmendi.
The Coalition for RECOM has made a contribution to the resolution of the issue of ‘the Erased’ in Slovenia.During 2013, the project has been implemented with the active participation of activists of Civic Link, the Civil Initiative of the Erased Residents of Slovenia (CIERS) and the Association of the Erased of Slovenia (AES).
A round table called Challenges of Dealing with the Past Conflict in the Republic of Macedonia was held in Tetovo on Friday, 4 October 2013, under the auspices of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Centre for Research and Policy Making and the Coalition for RECOM. The round table is the first in a series of gatherings at this level designed to raise public awareness and garner support for the RECOM Initiative.
The core objective of this Report is to facilitate discussions and political decision making about reparations for victims of international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes) committed during the “Yugoslav wars,” as they are defined in and covered by the mandate of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). This Report is the outcome of a project initiated by a request from the Office of the President of the ICTY to develop a set of concrete recommendations or suggestions on this issue. To provide a starting point for discussions, this Report examines what a comprehensive reparations effort could look like and how it could be achieved given the current context.
The “Hrant Dink” Award was presented on Sunday, September 15th in Istanbul to Nataša Kandić, the founder of the Humanitarian Law Center and the Regional Coordinator for RECOM. This award is presented to individuals, non-profit organizations or groups who work for a fairer world without discrimination, racism or violence - to those people who devote themselves to these ideals, fight stereotypes, and use the language of peace, and thus inspire and give hope to others.
RECOM’s official Regional Expert Group held its first meeting in Zagreb on Friday, 6 September 2013. The group comprised Professor Dr Zlata Đurđević, envoy of the President of Croatia; Professor Dr. Sonja Tomović-Šundić, envoy of the President of Montenegro; legal adviser Selim Selimi, envoy of the President of Kosovo; Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo Aljoša Čampara, envoy of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH); liaison officer for the Hague tribunal Goran Mihaljević, envoy of the Presidency of BiH; and judge Siniša Važić, envoy of the President of Serbia.
Conference in Sarajevo: the Erased - Requirements for Redress and Indemnification from the State of Slovenia
Dženana Karup Drusko, public advocate for the Initiative for RECOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina, opened the press conference and informed the media about the activities of the Coalition for RECOM. She pointed out that the Coalition for RECOM supports the resolution of the question of the “erased” citizens of Slovenia through financial reparations.
Belgrade -- RECOM officials have called on all former residents of Slovenia who were ‘erased’ from official records and denied their right to permanent residence in that country to file applications by 24 July in order to have their rights restored.
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has published the comment about establishment the ruls of law and recocniliation in post Yugoslav coutries. He stressed out that impunity for wartime crimes and still huge number of missing persons hamper reconciliation and endangers the full enjoyment of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.