News 22 Sep 17

Ex-Yugoslav Leaders Urged to Back Truth Commission

The presidents of all ex-Yugoslav countries have been urged to sign an agreement to set up the RECOM regional commission to establish the facts about war crimes and other rights violations between 1991 and 2001.

Filip Rudic
BIRN
Belgrade
A RECOM campaigner gathering signatures. Photo: RECOM website.

The Humanitarian Law Centre in Belgrade, a member of the Coalition for RECOM, which is campaigning for the regional truth commission, said on Thursday that signing the agreement would be a step towards acknowledging the victims of the wars, which is necessary to build peace and trust in the region.

“The presidents and governments of post-Yugoslav states have an obligation to ensure permanent peace in the region, and establishing RECOM has great potential for assisting them in this obligation,” the Humanitarian Law Centre said in a statement.

RECOM is a proposed regional commission to establish the establishment of facts about war crimes and other serious violations of human rights committed in the former Yugoslavia from January 1, 1991 until December 31, 2001.

The Coalition for RECOM recently relaunched its campaign across the Balkans, gathering signatures of support for the establishment of the truth commission.

At the Western Balkans Summit in Trieste in July, the chair of the summit said RECOM was a unique mechanism that links successful regional cooperation and reconciliation.

The Coalition for RECOM was founded in 2008 and its first campaign for gathering signatures was launched in 2011.

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