News: Srebrenica resolution and ICC investigation in Kenya

Posted on April 1, 2010. Filed under: Transitional Justice |

KATE LEFKO-EVERETT

Today I thought I would share some updates on reconciliation and transitional justice internationally, given that several very significant events have happened in the last few days.

Resolution on the Srebernica massacre

This week, the Serbian Parliament passed a highly contested resolution which contains an apology for the Srebernica massacre of 1995, in which close to 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed.

According to the BBC, the resolution “formally extends ‘condolences and an apology to the families of the victims because not everything was done to prevent the tragedy'”, and passed by only a small majority.

However, reports also suggest that the resolution has been criticised, particularly by Srebernica survivors, for stopping short of characterising the massacre as a genocide.

International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation in Kenya

Also in international news this week, the ICC has authorised prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to conduct an investigation into the violence that broke out following the 2007 elections in Kenya, in which an estimated 1,200 people were killed. According to an Al Jazeera report, Moreno-Ocampo has stated that “he has a list of 20 possible suspects made up of political and business leaders and that he will prosecute ‘those most responsible'”.

To read more, follow the links below:

International Criminal Court to investigate violence after 2007 Kenya election Guardian UK

ICC: Judges approve Kenyan investigation Human Rights Watch

ICC to probe Kenya clashes Reuters

To read the press statement issued by the office of the ICC prosecutor, click here.

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