The round table: 10th anniversary of the European Parliament resolution on Srebrenica

 

International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)

 

Within the "Western Balkans and the EU" cycle

 

Kindly invites to the round table

 

entitled

 

10th anniversary of the European Parliament resolution on Srebrenica

 

which will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 14.00,

at the hotel "Lev", 13th floor, "Grad" hall, Vošnjakova 1, Ljubljana.

 

The European Parliament (EP) adopted 10 years ago, more precisely on 15 January 2009, a resolution on Srebrenica. The resolution was then and still is very important, because the EP called on the EU Member States as well as the Western Balkan countries to mark 11 July as Srebrenica Memorial Day for the victims of the genocide in Srebrenica. At the same time the EP stressed in its resolution that it is necessary to remember and appropriately pay homage to all the victims of the crimes that were committed during the recent wars in the Balkans.

 

The draft text of the resolution on Srebrenica was officially handed over to the political group Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the EP in Brussels by the Association of Mothers of the Srebrenica and Žepa enclaves. The document was formally adopted by then the Vice-President of the EP, Diana Wallis, who, together with Jelko Kacin, also attended memorial ceremonies at the Potočari Memorial Center. MEP Jelko Kacin (ALDE), then the vice-president of the EP delegation for South East Europe, lead this project of conciliation and agreed the text with all the political groups, so the text was adopted with the support of all political groups in the EP.

At the round table guests will talk about the time of adoption of the resolution and what is the situation and attitude towards the victims 10 years later. In what faze is the reconciliation process and the cooperation process with the International Tribunal in The Hague (ICTY), now called the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT)? What are the expectations of the victims' relatives, what can the European Union do to ensure respect of human rights in the Western Balkans?

 

Guests of the round table will be:

  • Jelko Kacin, former Slovenian deputy in the European Parliament and then Vice-President of the EP delegation to South-Eastern Europe, co-author of the EP resolution on Srebrenica
  • Munira Subašić, President, Association of Mothers of the Srebrenica and Žepa enclaves,
  • Prof. Dr. Mirko Pejanović, Member of the Presidency of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-1996, Academic, Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Sarajevo,
  • Kada Hotić, Deputy President, Association of Mothers of the Srebrenica and Žepa enclaves,
  • Prof. Dr. Ernest Petrič, the first Slovene ambassador to the United States, former President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia, a member and former President of the International Law Commission (ILC UN).
  • Murat Tahirović, President, Association of Victims and Witnesses of Genocide.

The round table, which will be held in Slovene and Bosnian, will be moderated by Assist. Prof. Dr. Zijad Bećirović.

 

Live stream on the link: http://www.ifimes.org/en/livestream

 

We ask you to take your seats in the hall by 13.55 at the latest. Participation at the event is free, but we ask that you confirm your presence at the telephone number (01) 430 15 33 or to the email address ifimes@ifimes.org.

 

Welcome!

 

Ljubljana, January 7, 2019

 

IFIMES - The International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has a special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council ECOSOC/UN since 2018.



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