Bosnia court rejects request to re-arrest Serbs convicted of war crimes|
December 5, 2013
On Thursday the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) rejected a request by prosecutors to re-arrest nine individuals convicted of war crimes. The court ruled that since Bosnian law does not contain provisions for the re-arrest of someone already convicted of a crime, the European Convention on Hum....... [more]
ICTY Provides Fair, Non-Political Trials
December 3, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Stuart Ford of The John Marshall Law School argues that the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia provides for fair, non-political trials, which are central to the success of the court ...
The fairness of the trials at the International Criminal Tribunal....... [more]
History of the Court
November 29, 2013
The ICTY delivered its first indictment ever against Dragan Nikolic, the director of the Serb-run Susica Detention Camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in November 1994. He was accused of committing crimes against non-Serbs, including sexual violence and torture. After he pleaded guilty in September 2003....... [more]
History of the Region
November 29, 2013
The Balkans is a region in southern Europe that stretches from Croatia to Bulgaria and derives its names from the Balkan Mountains. The region was invaded in the 14th century by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled for nearly 500 years. In 1878, the signing of the Treaty of Berlin redefined the Balkan po....... [more]
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
November 29, 2013
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was created in 1993 by UN Resolution 827 to adjudicate the alleged war crimes perpetrated in the region of the former Yugoslavia since 1991. The ICTY's term of prosecution has been extended until December 2014. Since its inception....... [more]
November 20, 2013
08/29/2013: Danish judge removed from war crimes tribunal for bias.
05/25/2013: ICTY marked 20th anniversary.
12/17/2012: UN extended terms of ICTY judges.
11/26/2012: Serbia asked UN tribunal to hand over evidence against freed Croatian generals.
11/11/2012: ICTY denied former Serb parliament s....... [more]
Kosovo holds first local elections since secession from Serbia
November 3, 2013
Kosovo on Sunday held its first elections for mayors and local councilors since the country's secession from Serbia. The elections, facilitated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), are mandated by the countries' 19 April Agreement, which requires active Serb particip....... [more]
UN rights expert urges durable solution for persons displaced by Kosovo conflict
October 24, 2013
UN Special Raporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) Chaloka Beyani urged the government of Serbia and authorities in Kosovo on Tuesday to cooperate and discharge their primary responsibility for applying lasting solutions for IDPs in Serbia and Kosovo. "The time is now co....... [more]
Kosovo politician again acquitted of war crimes charges
September 18, 2013
The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) on Tuesday acquitted Fatmir Limaj, a close ally of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, of war crimes charges. Limaj was accused of killing and torturing Serbian prisoners at a Kosovo Liberation Army-run detention camp. The case was marked by the su....... [more]
Former head of Bosnian Serb parliament released from prison
September 1, 2013
Momcilo Krajisnik, the former speaker for the Bosnian Serb parliament, returned to Bosnia Friday after being released from prison. Krajisnik, arrested in 2000, was convicted in 2006 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for the persecution, deportation and forcible....... [more]
Danish judge removed from war crimes tribunal for bias
August 29, 2013
Danish judge Frederik Harhoff was removed from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday over claims of bias in a letter he wrote criticizing the court. Harhoff was a member of the three-judge panel responsible for overseeing the trial of Serbian nationalist Vo....... [more]