ICTY

Ratko Mladić Sentenced to Life in Prison for Genocide

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).  Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has found Ratko Mladić guilty of ten out of eleven counts of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Srebrenica, and sentenced him to life imprisonment. Civil Rights Defenders welcomes the conviction, which is one step on the path of reaching justice for the victims of the most serious human rights violations in the Balkans.

Human Rights Defenders Attacked by Members of the Ruling Party in Serbia

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Civil Rights Defenders condemns the recent attack against several human rights defenders from the Youth Initiative of Human Rights (YIHR) of Serbia, a long time partner of Civil Rights Defenders and demands that swift legal action be taken in bringing the perpetrators to justice.The incident occurred on the evening of January 17, involving nine activists from the YIHR, who were brutally attacked by members from a local branch of the Serbian Progressive Party.

The culture of silence and impunity must be broken

On 29 November, Ramush Haradinaj, Prime Minister in the Kosovar government 2004-2005, and former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, was again aquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Haradinaj was on trial for crimes against civilians in the prison camp in Jablanica in 1998. Civil Rights Defenders deeply regrets the fact that the ICTY failed to properly establish the facts in this case.