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Balkanborrel: The Future of War Crime Trials in the Western Balkans

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12-12-2017 Aanvang: 18.00 uur - Locatie: PAX office, Adres: St. Jacobsstraat 12, Utrecht

What is the future of the war crime trials in the Western Balkans? Will impunity reign, or will war criminals be brought to justice in the local and national courts of the region?

Established in May 1993, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has spent the last 24 years persecuting war crimes that took place in the violent conflicts in the Balkans during the 1990s. The ICTY has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of international humanitarian law. Many more intermediate- and lower-ranking cases have, over the years, been handed over to the local and national courts of the different countries of the Western Balkans, and are still pending. The closure of the ICTY, which is scheduled for 31 December 2017, does not mean that all those who committed war crimes in the Yugoslav Wars have been persecuted. In the coming years, it will be up to the local and national courts of the Western Balkan countries to bring a successful end to the remaining war crime trials.

The closure of the ICTY at the end of this year, raises important questions, namely: What is the future of the war crime trials in the Western Balkans? Will impunity reign, or will war criminals 
be brought to justice in the local and national courts of the region?

These questions will lead the discussion of the final Balkan Brief of 2017, held on Tuesday evening 12 December 2017, starting at 18:00, atthe PAX office in Utrecht, Sint Jacobsstraat 12. Join the discussion! Entry is free.

The discussion will be led by Dion van den Berg, (senior policy advisor at PAX), and will be joined by the panellists:

ICTY representative: invited, no name available yet

Mario Maži?, Director of Programs of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) Croatia, which brings together young human rights activists, jurists, journalists, students, authors, researchers and experts on transitional justice involved in ‘dealing with the past’ initiatives.

Mirna Buljugi?, Director of the Sarajevo office of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), which is a network of local non-governmental organisations promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values.

Entry is free, but please register at paxvoorvrede.nl/balkanborrel.