"Revisiting Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the Balkans"

23 / septembar / 2018.

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Pristina, 23 September 2018 - Academic Conference "Revisiting Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the Balkans" was held on 20 - 22 September 2018 in Pristina. Forum ZFD Kosovo (Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst) and the University of Prishtina co-organised the event.
 
The Conference brought together scholars from diverse academic fields and practitioners who are working from different thematic and theoretical paradigms to explore approaches to dealing with the past and transitional justice approaches in post-SFRY space, and beyond.
 
The aim of the conference was to address a whole set of questions, including: Is it possible to identify novel paradigms and/or frameworks for dealing with the past? What is the potential of the rule of law to respond to antagonistic narratives of the past? How has transitional justice shaped the transition from conflict to peace? How is the past portrayed? Who is commemorated and how? Are the representations of the past becoming more inclusive and less antagonistic? What is the role of the state and civil society in the process of dealing with the past and conflict transformation? How have transitional justice mechanisms shaped narratives of the ‘troubled past’ in post-Yugoslav space?
 
The conference was attended by experts from universities, institutions and organizations from the United Kingdom, Germany, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Poland, Norway, Switzerland, Croatia, Australia, Hungary and from various parts of Kosovo.
 
During the "Restorative Justice and Truth-Seeking Initiatives" panel, the activist of our organisation presented the findings of "Serbia: how did (if it did) the general public learn from institutions about war crimes from the recent wartime past and about related war crimes trials in 2016" pilot survey.

Find more information on the event here

Academic Conference "Revisiting Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the Balkans"

16 / septembar / 2018.

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Belgrade, 16 September 2018 - The Three Points activist will take part in the international conference "Revisiting Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the Balkans", which will take place in Pristina on 20-22 September 2018. The conference organisers are the forumZFD Kosovo (Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst) and the University of Prishtina.
The aim of the Conference is to bring together scholars from diverse academic fields and practitioners who are working from different thematic and theoretical paradigms to explore approaches to dealing with the past and transitional justice approaches in Yugoslav successor states, and beyond
During the "Restorative Justice and Truth-Seeking Initiatives" panel, the Three Points activist, Andjelka Markovic will present the findings of our "Serbia: how did (if it did) the general public learn from institutions about war crimes from the recent wartime past and about related war crimes trials in 2016" pilot survey.  
 
More details about the Conference are available here.

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

01 / oktobar / 2016.

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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.

Download the pilot research here.