new-war-crimes-tribunal-poses-dilemma-for-kosovo 09 Apr 14 New War Crimes Tribunal Poses Dilemma for Kosovo

While many in Kosovo resent the idea of yet another tribunal charged with probing war crimes committed in the late 1990s, pressure to agree to the court is proving irresistible.

war-crimes-and-eulex-s-broken-kettle 21 Mar 14 War Crimes and Eulex’s Broken Kettle

Kosovo already has an EU rule of law Mission, EULEX; the idea to establish another international criminal tribunal for Kosovo to deal with war crimes is both superfluous and absurd.

belgrade-pristina-silent-on-war-crimes-verdicts 13 Feb 14 Belgrade, Pristina Silent on War Crimes Verdicts

The lack of debate about recent convictions for atrocities committed by Serbian forces in Kosovo show that war crimes are still a taboo subject, while victims are forgotten.

eu-kosovo-mission-denies-biased-prosecutions 11 Feb 14 EU Kosovo Mission Denies Biased Prosecutions

After arrests of Serbs and Albanians sparked protests, the EU rule-of-law mission’s head in Kosovo, Bernd Borchardt, told BIRN that suspects are prosecuted whatever their politics or ethnicity.

north-kosovo-on-edge-after-serb-leader-s-arrest 31 Jan 14 North Kosovo on Edge After Serb Leader’s Arrest

The war crimes arrest of Oliver Ivanovic, a former paramilitary turned political moderate, has heightened the mood of tension among Serbs in Kosovo’s already volatile north.

kosovë-ndjekja-e-ish-luftëtarëve-shpërthen-në-protesta 26 Dec 13 Kosovo: Prosecutions of Ex-Guerrillas Spark Protests

Pristina in 2013 saw demonstrations after EU prosecutors arrested ex-Kosovo Liberation Army fighters for war crimes, while members of an organ-trafficking ring were sent to jail.

infographic-state-aid-to-hague-indictees 23 Dec 13 Infographic: State Aid to Hague Indictees

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has established that five former Yugoslav countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia – spent a total of almost 40 million euro on support for war crimes suspects at the Hague Tribunal.

kosovo-shadowy-funds-raise-corruption-fears 23 Dec 13 Kosovo: Shadowy Funds Raise Corruption Fears

More than 1.7 million euro was raised by private funds to support Kosovo’s war crimes defendants in The Hague, but they never made public exactly how the money was spent.

how-ex-yugoslav-states-funded-war-crimes-defendants 23 Dec 13 How Ex-Yugoslav States Funded War Crimes Defendants

Former Yugoslav countries have spent almost 40 million euro of public money supporting war crimes suspects on trial at the Hague Tribunal, a BIRN investigation has revealed.

crime-allegations-shadow-kosovo-s-drenica-group 06 Dec 13 Crime Allegations Shadow Kosovo’s ‘Drenica Group’

Fifteen former Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas from the so-called Drenica Group have gone on trial for alleged war crimes, but some have also been accused of post-conflict corruption.

serbian-prosecutor-vows-to-clear-the-road-to-justice 21 Nov 13 Serbian Prosecutor Vows to Clear the Road to Justice

Serbia is trying to bring suspected war criminals to justice despite attempted cover-ups, political problems and fugitives trying to evade arrest, deputy prosecutor Bruno Vekaric told BIRN.

roma-deported-by-eu-face-harsh-reality-in-kosovo 31 Oct 13 Roma Deported by EU Face Harsh Reality in Kosovo

As EU countries deport hundreds of Roma refugees like 15-year-old Leonarda Dibrani, the schoolgirl controversially expelled by France, many are struggling to survive in impoverished Kosovo.

kosovo-amnesty-law-could-free-notorious-criminals 30 Oct 13 Kosovo Amnesty Law Could Free Notorious Criminals

Killers, gunmen and a corrupt official are on a list of hundreds of convicts suggested for amnesty, although officials insist that serious criminals won’t be released.

serbia-urged-to-prosecute-commanders-for-kosovo-massacre 16 Oct 13 Seeking Justice in Serbia for Kosovo’s Lost Sons

Rights campaigners in Belgrade say that 14 years after a brutal massacre in a Kosovo village, they’ve identified the Yugoslav units responsible and have demanded prosecution in Serbia.

a-road-trip-across-the-frontlines 24 Sep 13 A Road Trip Across the Frontlines

The young people featured in BIRN’s new Balkan road-movie documentary The Majority Starts Here are disturbed by the ethnic hatred of the past but uncertain about their own futures.

Background

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Profile

Hashim Thaci 'From 'Snake' to Prime Minister

Thaci, born in 1968, joined the Albanian independence cause as a student, becoming one of the leaders of the protest movement in the early 1990s. As the Serbian crackdown intensified, he left for Switzerland, studying history and international relations in Zurich.

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