Former detention camps inmates from Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo are meeting today in Dubrovnik in order to discuss a regional initiative for founding a commission to establish facts about the wars in the region in the 1990s.
More than 40 men and women will participate in the meeting in Croatia.
According to international sources, more than 60 detention camps were established in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war. The most notorious include Omarska, Kerater and Trnopolje, near Prijedor in north Bosnia, where several thousand people were held, most of them Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslim) and Croats.
Other infamous camps include those in Herzegovina Dretelj and Heliodrom, where Bosniaks from the region were detained, tortured and killed.
The meeting in Dubrovnik is part of regional consultations for the founding of a regional commission for the establishment of facts about war crimes and other violations of human rights committed during the wars in the 1990s.
The initiative, called RECOM, is headed by the Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Center and Documenta from Zagreb.
The consultation process will last until December 2010, when one million signatures of support from citizens in the region will hopefully have been collected.
The Coalition for RECOM will submit the proposal for establishing the commission to governments in the region for support.
The initiative was created in 2006 by a group of civil society organizations in the region. The goal is to establish an independent commission with a mandate to investigate and publicly disclose facts about the wars.
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