Justice and reconciliation long overdue in the Balkans

[09/07/2013 10:00]   "More than 20 years after the first war in connection with the dissolution of Yugoslavia the legacy of the violence still lingers across the region. 12 200 persons are still missing, 423 000 refugees and displaced persons still cannot return to their homes, about 20 000 persons remain stateless or at risk of statelessness and at least 20 000 women subjected to wartime sexual violence still need stronger support" says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today. All this, combined with impunity for wartime crimes, hampers reconciliation and endangers the full enjoyment of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. (more)

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