Dealing with war crimes in Serbia | Den norske Helsingforskomité

Dealing with war crimes in Serbia

(28/10-2010) State and society in Serbia has yet to face the past. War crimes must be and has been prosecuted before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) as well as before courts in Serbia and in the region. While this is an important goal in itself, it is not sufficient for Serbia to truly face her past and learn the lessons from it. Sonja Biserko, Chair Helsinki of the Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and this years' winner of the Leo Eitinger award will be the main contributor at this seminar co-arranged with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

Place: Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, The Auditorium, Ground Floor, Cort Adelers gate 30

Time: 8 November 2010 at 12:00 – 13:00


How is the work of ICTY understood and presented in Serbia? What effects has the ICTY had in Serbia? What is the present status of Serbia's co-operation with the ICTY, beyond the fact that Ratko Mladic has not yet been extradited? How should we understand Serbia's attempt to seek the extradition of former Bosnian President Ejup Ganic from Great Britain this spring and how is Serbia dealing with the past in a regional context? How are courts in Serbia dealing with war crimes cases?



12.00 - 12.15: Introduction and welcome

Nils Butenschøn, Director, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

Bjørn Engesland, Secretary-General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee


12.15-13.00: Dealing with war crimes in Serbia

Sonja Biserko, Chair Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia


13.00-13.30: Discussion

The floor will be open for questions


All are welcome. No registration required. Tea and coffee is served.


About the main speaker

Sonja Biserko will be awarded the 2010 University of Oslo's Human Rights Award, the Eitinger Prize, in a ceremony at the University of Oslo, Monday 8 November 18.00.


Sonja Biserko is regarded as the strongest voice of human rights in the Balkans today. As the chair of Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia she has stood up against war, ethnic cleansing, strong nationalist currents and corrupted power. She is a senior researcher at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, guest lecturer at the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, founder of The Center for Anti-War Action in the Belgrade Forum for International Relations, and member of the International Editorial Board of International Transitional Justice Journal. She has published many books, articles and publications on nationalism, war crimes, refugee issues, women's rights and intercultural cooperation.