Fifth Anniversary of BIRN BiH

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The Balkans Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)in Bosnia and Herzegovina marks the fifth anniversary. On that occasion it promotes a publication on complete work of the War Crimes Chamber with the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On Thursday, May 27 at 6 p.m. in “Mak” Gallery (address: 7 Sime Milutinovica Sarajlije) BIRN will mark the fifth anniversary of its work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

From March 2006 to the present date BIRN journalists have followed, from the beginning to en end, each trial conducted before the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They have written more than 8,000 daily trial reports, analysis and research articles. Reports made by BIRN’s Justice Report Agency publicly raised numerous issues on war-crimes processing, judicial reform and coming to terms with the past in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region.  

Its publication titled “The Age of Truth” contains an overview of the work performed by the War Crimes Chamber with the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the period from 2005 to 2010.  

For the first time ever the publication brings a complete overview of all cases conducted up to the present date, including both the ongoing ones and the ones that have been completed by pronouncement of first or second instance verdicts. It also contains information about the indictees who are on the run.

From 2005, when the first verdict was pronounced before the State Court, to March 31, 2010 60 war-crimes verdicts have been pronounced, sentencing the indictees to more than 1,000 years in prison.

For each case presented in it, the publication brings basic data on the person or the past and present proceedings against the person. It also gives a brief overview of crimes described in indictments or verdicts.

We paid special attention to explanations of second instance verdicts, because they contain historically significant court facts determined by trial chambers in relation to certain crimes, victims and perpetrators.

A copy of the publication can be obtained at the presentation, while the electronic version can be downloaded, as of tomorrow, from web page