Debates on Truth-Finding InitiativesNov 30, 2015
Two debates on transitional justice issues took place in Prishtinë/Priština the last two weeks of November. Debates were focused on truth-finding as one of the key pillars of transitional justice, alongside reparations, justice, and guarantees of non-recurrence.
The first debate took place on 20 November and focused on the “why and how” of truth-finding initiatives. With students making up most of the audience, the panelists were keen to share their experiences and expertise, while also trying to encourage students to consider the importance of knowing the facts and asking about the past. Panelists in this debate were: Andrew Russell, UN Development Coordinator; Iliriana Islami, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina; Dafina Buçaj, adviser to the Minister of Justice; and Bekim Blakaj, executive director at the Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo. The debate was moderated by journalist Jeta Xharra.
The second debate took place on 30 November and focused on the “who and when” of the transitional justice process. The discussion tackled the institutions’ role in pushing forward the transitional justice process in Kosovo. The panelists also discussed how the area of transitional justice and dealing with the past is part of the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. Panelists in this debate were: Jeta Krasniqi, political adviser to the President of Kosovo; Baki Svirca, associate at War Crimes Research Institute; and Dušan Radakovič, executive director at the Advocacy Center for Cultural Democracy. The debate was moderated by journalist Adriatik Kelmendi.
Both events were organized by the UNKT Support to Transitional Justice in Kosovo (STJK) project in partnership with Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina (UP), Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo (HLC Kosovo) and Advocacy Center for Cultural Democracy, and financed by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.