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Impunity Hampers Sustainable Peace

This week marks 20 years since the end of the Kosovo war. What began as systematic Serbian state oppression led to attacks by an ethnic Albanian armed group, a vicious government response, and 78 days of NATO airstrikes. …
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It was just a bolt of pink cotton lying on the floor of a school gym but more than 20 years later, it haunts me still – soldiers tore off strips of that cloth, blindfolded dozens of men, trucked them to a nearby field, shot them, and buried all but a…
Two Bosnian Muslim women cry over a coffin July 10, 2005 with remains of their relative in a factory hall in Potocari where 610 victims of Srebrenica massacre wait for the funeral.
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Vice President Joe Biden                              The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20500             RE: Human Rights Situation in Serbia  Dear Vice President Biden…
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Almost 20 years after Bosnian Serb forces slaughtered more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) upheld the convictions of five men for genocide for what is considered the worst…
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Letter to High Representative Ashton and EU Foreign Affairs Ministers

Your Excellencies, We are concerned by recent reports indicating that Serbia's European Union (EU) membership application may be accelerated without addressing the question of Serbia's cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the…
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Full cooperation with the ICTY should remain a pre-condition for closer EU ties

To H.E. Maxime Verhagen Foreign Affairs Minister The Netherlands Your Excellency, On Monday June 14, the Foreign Affairs Council will once again consider establishing closer ties with Serbia during discussion of the ratification status of Serbia's…
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Full cooperation with the ICTY should remain a necessary pre-condition for EU talks

To EU Foreign Affairs Ministers Your Excellencies, On Monday, June 14, the Foreign Affairs Council will once again consider establishing closer ties with Serbia during discussion of the ratification status of Serbia's Stabilization and Association…
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December 16, 2008 Yves de Kermabon Head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, EULEX St. Mbreteresha Teuta 21 Tauk Bahqe, Road to Germia P.O. Box: 268 10000 Pristina, Kosovo Dear Mr. De Kermabon, We congratulate you on deploying the…
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  Dear Foreign Minister, We understand that at next week's meeting of the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC), Foreign Affairs Ministers will adopt conclusions, among others, on the European Union's (EU) enlargement strategy.  The…
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We are writing this public letter to commend your government’s commitment to refuse signature of the Stabilization Association Agreement (SAA) with Serbia in the absence of its full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former…
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We are writing this public letter to commend your government’s principled stand in refusing to sign the Stabilization Association Agreement (SAA) with Serbia in the absence of its full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former…
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Letter to European Union Ministers of Foreign Affairs

We are writing to urge you to use the upcoming European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg to re-state clearly the EU’s principled approach towards Serbia in relation to its cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the…
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We are writing to you today in anticipation of the October 4, 2007 EU/Balkans Ministerial Troika to ask for your support in encouraging EU Members States to find a collective solution to the lack of adequate witness protection in Kosovo. We also appeal to…
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Human Rights Watch is writing to urge you to maintain your principled approach towards Serbia as regards its cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY). The European Union (EU) should use the meetings with Serbian Prime…
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Letter to the Committee of Ministers regarding Serbia’s upcoming chairmanship

On May 10-11, 2007, Serbia is scheduled to assume the chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The Council of Europe is Europe’s pre-eminent human rights organization with the stated “core objective” of “preserving and promoting…
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Brussels, March 26, 2007 To:       Commissioner Olli Rehn, Commissioner for Enlargement To:       Chancellor Angela Merkel, Presidency of the Council of the             European Union To:       Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common…
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Letter to EU Foreign Minister

We are writing in advance of the informal Gymnich meeting of E.U. foreign ministers in Salzburg on March 10-11. We are pleased to note that relations with the Western Balkans will be high on the agenda of this meeting, with the stated objective to “…