Saturday, September 15, 2007


PRIJEDOR, Bosnia (September 15,2007) - The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and the Programme of Cooperation with Public of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) organized a roundtable in Prijedor yesterdaY entitled "Informing the local public with the facts determined in verdicts of the International Court", the OSCE said.

The goal of the roundtable was to provide additional information for local officials, representatives of civil society and media, regarding the facts determined in cases before the ICTY relating to war crimes in the area of Prijedor, as well as to provide a forum for discussions over steps representatives of local community can take to encourage awareness of determined facts.

The ICTY has issued sentences against 14 Serbian war criminals for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Prijedor in 1992,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

The discussion was hosted by Matias Hellman, a representative of ICTY Office in Bosnia, Francesco de Sanctis, legal adviser for war crimes at the OSCE, as well as representatives of the Helsinki Board for Human Rights, Municipality Prijedor and the NGO "Izvor" from Prijedor.

The OSCE supports the Bosnian courts and prosecutors in their efforts at informing communities in Bosnia and provides precise and comprehensive information related to their work in war crimes cases, the OSCE statement read.

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