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The online conference “Challenges in prosecuting of war crimes in Kosovo – what is the way out?”

14.07.2020

Under the project “Monitoring Conflict Related Crime Trials in Kosovo and the Inclusion of the Youth in the Justice Sector”, on July 14, 2020, the Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo organized an online conference, through the ZOOM platform. The 2019 annual report on the monitoring of trials related to the armed conflict in Kosovo titled “War Crimes Trials – Still at the beginning” was launched at the conference. The report was presented by the Project Coordinator, Anka Kurteshi Hajdari, and a panel discussion was held on the topic “Challenges in prosecuting of war crimes in Kosovo – what is the way out?”

Introductory remarks in the online conference were given by the Minister of Justice, Mr. Selim Selimi; UK Ambassador in Kosovo, Mr. Nicholas Abbott and Mr. Lukasz Korecki, Acting Head of EUSR for Rule of Law and Legal Section.

Experts of various fields involved with the investigation and prosecution of war crimes took part in the discussion on the topic “Challenges in prosecuting of war crimes in Kosovo – what is the way out?”, including:

Drita Hajdari – SPRK Prosecutor, Head of the War Crimes Department;

Kreshnik Radoniqi – Judge in the Special Department at the Court of Appeals;

Dejan Vasić – Lawyer of Serbian defendants accused for war crimes in Kosovo;

Petko Petkov – Lead Monitor of International Crimes, EULEX Kosovo; and

Fadil Gashi – Director of the Directorate for the Investigation of Serious Crimes.

Panelists shared the challenges they face in prosecuting war crimes and offered suggestions on how to overcome such obstacles, in order to have more results in prosecuting the perpetrators of war crimes in Kosovo.