Establishing the Truth about War Crimes and Conflicts
Zagreb, 8. i 9. May 2007.
Second Regional Forum on Transitional Justice: ”Establishing the Truth about War Crimes and Conflicts” organized by regional partners Documenta (Croatia), Humanitarian Law Center (Serbia and Kosovo), and Research and Documentation Center (BiH) was held in Zagreb on February 8 and 9, 2007. More than 300 representatives of victims’ associations, war veterans, refugees, human rights organizations, women groups, and youth initiative groups took part in the discussion and consultations on truth-telling and truth-seeking mechanisms and procedures. Aside from representatives of the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), courts, Offices of Prosecutors of the Republic of Croatia, Republic of Serbia and BiH, representatives of diplomatic corps, OSCE, UNDP, and International Center for Transitional Justice, many artists, historians, journalists, and members of Parliament took part in the discussion. The goal of regional forums is to initiate public debate and consultations on truth-telling and truth-seeking mechanisms and procedures within civil societies and to urge national governments and Parliaments to take part in a broad based debate dealing with ways to provide justice for the victims, prevent recurrence of the crimes in the future and generally overcome the heavy burden of the heritage of the past.
Croatian President Stjepan Mesic opened the Forum and strongly supported the establishment of facts at the regional level.
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