MIP holds lecture in Belgrade on crimes committed in Kosovo

MIP holds lecture in Belgrade on crimes committed in Kosovo

On 5 December 2023, the Mechanism Information Programme for Affected Communities (MIP) held a lecture in Belgrade for a group of 30 young people, including students, politicians, and civil society activists. The lecture focused on judicially established facts relating to crimes committed in Kosovo during the 1998-1999 conflict and formed part of the Academy “Kosovo Knot” organised by the Serbian component of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights.

During the lecture, MIP researcher Mr. Nemanja Stjepanović provided an overview of the cases adjudicated by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) that dealt with crimes committed in Kosovo, including those committed by the Yugoslav Army and the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Mr. Stjepanović stressed the importance of the judicial findings made in these cases, as well as the archival material managed by the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), which includes witness testimonies, audio and video materials, documents and other exhibits that were admitted into evidence during the relevant proceedings before the ICTY.

Participants also had the opportunity to view videos produced by the MIP about these crimes, which are based on the Mechanism’s archival material.

This lecture forms part of the MIP’s efforts to support projects and events implemented by civil society organisations active in the field of transitional justice in the region of the former Yugoslavia.

The aim of the MIP is to improve the knowledge and understanding of citizens and communities in the countries of the former Yugoslavia about the crimes committed during the conflicts of the 1990s, based on the jurisprudence of the ICTY and the Mechanism. The MIP is funded by the European Union.