It is a network of civil society organizations in the post-Yugoslav countries, which advocate for the establishment of an official Regional Commission tasked with establishing the facts about the war crimes and other serious human rights violations committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia in the period from 1 January 1991 through to 31 December 2001.
The Coalition was formed on 28 October 2008, in Pristina, Kosovo, at the fourth Forum for Transitional Justice, by the decision of 100 non-governmental human rights organizations, youth organizations and associations of families of missing persons and former prisoners, who were participants at the Forum. Between then and May 2014, the Coalition for RECOM has gathered as its members 2,050 non-governmental human rights organizations, associations of detainees, refugees, families, artists, writers, lawyers and other individuals who support the idea that the successor states of former Yugoslavia should form a regional commission tasked with establishing the facts about what happened in the recent past.
From May 2006 until 26 March 2011, the Coalition for RECOM conducted a consultation process on the needs and expectations of victims with respect to the crimes committed against them (nine consultation meetings and three Forums for Transitional Justice); and then, on the basis of the consensus on the need to establish an interstate, inter-governmental extrajudicial body that will focus on the experiences of victims, the Coalition organized 110 consultations and six forums on the goals, tasks, activities and powers of this body, which ended with the adoption of the Draft Statute of RECOM on 26 March 2011.
The Coalition for RECOM is directed by the Assembly of Coalition members. Technical and professional support for the Coalition is provided by the Regional Council, headed by the coordinator of the RECOM Process project, Natasha Kandic. The Council is composed of ten representatives of non-governmental organizations from the post-Yugoslav countries: the Humanitarian Law Center (Serbia), the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia, the Youth Initiative for Human rights in Croatia, the Association for Transitional Justice, Accountability and Memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina (TPOS), the Center for Democracy and Transitional Justice (BH), HLC Kosovo, the Center for Civic Education (Montenegro), the Center for Research and Policy (Macedonia ), Civic Link (Slovenia ) and the Center for the Study of Religion, Politics and Society (Serbia). The political advocacy of the Initiative for RECOM, with the aim of its being transferred from the civil to the political level, is dealt with by RECOM’s public advocates and the two initiators of the Initiative for RECOM, Vesna Terselic (Documenta, Croatia) and Natasha Kandic. Their joint advocacy eventually resulted in the decision of the Presidents and the Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina to appoint their personal representatives for RECOM. These delegates were tasked with analyzing the RECOM Draft Statute proposed by the Coalition for RECOM, and with establishing the constitutional and legal options for RECOM in each individual country. These RECOM delegates, with technical support from the Coalition for RECOM, began working on 8 September 2013. Their last meeting was held on 4 May 2014. By the end of May 2014, they will have submitted to the Presidents and the Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina a document entitled Amendments to the RECOM Statute, concerning the proposals presented in the Draft Statute of the Coalition for RECOM on 26 March 2011. After the examination, which would include additional amendments, the Presidents and the Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina will notify the Coalition for RECOM on the legal, constitutional and political possibilities for RECOM in their respective countries.
The Assembly members and members of the Coalition for RECOM will then review the opinions of the Presidents and the Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as expressed in the document, and will decide on whether to proceed with or withdraw their support. The Assembly will be held no later than the end of September 2014.
The STATUTE of the Coalition for RECOM
The Statute was adopted at the session of the Assembly that took place in Zagreb, on October 15th 2010, before the start of the Seventh Regional Forum on Transitional Justice. Amended at the Parliament session of the Coalition for RECOM, held in Sarajevo, June 26, 2011
Partner organizations in the project RECOM :
Humanitarian Law Center, Serbia
Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia
Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Croatia
Transitional justice, responsibility and memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Center for Research and Policy Making, Macedonia
Center for Democracy and Transitional Justice, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Centre for Civic Education, Montenegro
Centre for the Study of Religion, Politics and Society, Serbia
Members of the Regional Council of the Coalition for RECOM