Serbia: How does (if it does) the general public learn from institutions about war crimes from the recent wartime past and about related war crimes trials

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Belgrade, 1 October 2016 - Тhe atmosphere of denying war crimes, glorifying of defendants and disrespect for victims other than Serbian, persists in Serbia since the end of (open) hostilities on the territory of the former SFR Yugoslavia. Such atmosphere usually generates (serious) consequences upon anyone who dares to challenge or to oppose the official narrative on the recent wartime past.
 

With awareness of such circumstances, a pilot research was conducted on (if and) how the public in Serbia in 2016 learns from its institutions about war crimes from the recent wartime past and about related trials, and (if and) in what manner the institutions communicate those information to the public.


The research went beyond declarative political commitments to regional stability and peace, and examined if those statements are firmly rooted in practice.
 
The focus was on the following:
 
- The public media broadcaster in Serbia informs the public about the recent wartime past, of war crimes victims and of responsible for war crimes - does it? And how?
- Do the institutions of executive power in Serbia communicate to the public the information on the recent wartime past, on victims of war crimes and on responsible for war crimes?
- Do the institutions such as museums, archives, libraries (financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia) inform the public on the recent wartime past? And how?
- Did the educational institutions (financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia) include in their curricula the information on the recent wartime past?

                        1) Faculties that teach law
                        2) Faculties that teach political sciences
                        3) Institutions that teach future members of military and police forces
 
- Does the judiciary make information on war crimes trials available to the public? If yes, are they available in an easy, understandable, non-bureaucratic manner?
   
The research was initiated in March 2016. It was completed in September 2016. The plan is to expand it and to repeat it in 2019. 

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