POSITIONS ON POST-WAR
JUSTICE AND DURABLE PEACE IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
Strasbourg, 7 February 2012
European institutions failed to protect the people of the former
Yugoslavia from ethnic cleansing and other war atrocities which took place in the 1990s.
The return to normalcy has been slow and major obstacles still remain. The lack of a
systematic approach across the region to tackle past gross human rights violations has
resulted in impunity for war criminals and the erosion of the rule of law. National
GUIDELINES OF THE
COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE ON ERADICATING IMPUNITY FOR SERIOUS HUMAN
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 30 March 2011 at the
1110th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)
The Committee of Ministers, Recalling that those responsible for acts
amounting to serious human rights violations must be held to account for their actions;
Considering that a lack of accountability encourages repetition of crimes, as perpetrators
and others feel free to commit further offences...
ADOPTED AND PROCLAIMED BY
GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION 60/147 OF 16 DECEMBER 2005
The General Assembly, Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights, other
relevant human rights instruments and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action,
Affirming the importance of addressing the question of remedies and reparation for victims
of gross violations of international human rights law and...
Resolution 1786 (2011)
AND POLITICAL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE COUNTRIES OF THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
1. The conflicts that ravaged the territory of the former Yugoslavia
between 1991 and 1995 were the deadliest in Europe since the Second World War. They were
characterised by heinous war crimes, including genocide, with ethnic cleansing and rape
being used as instruments of warfare, and cost the lives of approximately 140 000 people.
2. The Parliamentary Assembly notes that the conflicts...