Sarajevo Information Centre on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

The Sarajevo Information Centre on ICTY was officially opened and started to operate on May 23rd, 2018. The most significant step in establishing the first Sarajevo Information Centre on ICTY in the countries of the former Yugoslavia is the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by and between the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the City of Sarajevo for the development of the Information Centre in Sarajevo, on 29th November, 2016. The Headquarters of the Centre is located in the most representative building in the City – at the Sarajevo City Hall, ground floor.

According to the signed Memorandum with the ICTY, the mandate of the Centre is to provide the public with up-to-date direct and secure electronic access to all publicly available ICTY‘s records and archival material contained in ICTY‘s online database, as well as to perform the tasks with the aim to inform and educate the public on the war crimes issues, contributing to the process of transitional justice and strengthening the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region by establishing a strong outreach components: dealing with the past, providing the support to legal professionals and civil society groups handling war crimes cases before domestic courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the exhibition component – showcasing the work and activities of the ICTY  in delivering judgments.

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Welcome

Welcoming remarks by the Mayor Ph.D. Benjamina Karić

Dear visitors,

I am tremendously proud of the fact that the work and all activities of the Sarajevo Information Center on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of the City of Sarajevo, from now on you will be able to follow on this website.

We began the project implementation of the Center with modest resources, but with strong enthusiasm, moral obligation and commitment to preserve the Hague’s legacy and make it available to the general public, researchers, academic community, students and as well as to all visitors of the Center.

Today, the Information Center in its full capacity is achieving the components of its mandate. By using modern IT equipment and with the assistance of our professional staff, in the premises of the Center, located in the ground floor area of the City Hall, it is possible to have the access to the complete electronic archive of the Tribunal, while in the newly open library of the Center, all visitors and researchers are able now to study valuable books dedicated to the work of the Tribunal and the international humanitarian law, as well the ICTY verdicts available in hard copy.

Within the museum space of the Center, it is possible to see the authentic courtroom No. 2 of the Hague Tribunal where the individuals who committed war crimes in the territory of the former Yugoslavia were prosecuted, as well as the permanent exhibition which presents the entire work and contribution of the ICTY for 24 years of its existence.

Today, Sarajevo is the first city since Nuremberg to have an original courtroom of an international tribunal wherein individuals who committed war crimes were indicted.

For two years of its existence and functioning, the Center organized a number of informative and educational activities, and while the Center’s staff is continuously organizing visits and expert lectures on the mandate and legacy of the ICTY, for domestic and international students, trainees, and volunteers of the Court of BIH, also providing specialist training in searching the public databases of the ICTY, all within the framework of its cooperation with universities in BIH, the Court of BIH, schools, administrative bodies and a number of domestic and international organizations.

The Center is visited daily by tourists who can acquaint themselves with the recent history of this area and the war events in the period of 1992-1995, in the territory of the former Yugoslavia, based on the facts established in the final judgments of the ICTY.

Therefore, the Center cherishes and preserves the Hague’s heritage, which is a certain historical record of war events, and thus contributes to transitional justice, fighting against denial of war crimes and the prevention of revisionism.

This website is therefore an additional contribution to the Center, the place where you will be able to follow its work and get all the necessary information. This website also provides access to the official websites of the ICTY, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and the City of Sarajevo, inside which the Center operates.

Your Mayor
Ph.D. Benjamina Karić

About ICTY and IRMCT

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (known as the ICTY or the Tribunal) and the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (known as the IRMCT or the Mechanism)

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About the Centre

Components of the mandate of the Sarajevo Information Centre on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

  1. Search of databases and electronic archives (ICTY/IRMCT)
  2. Information and education
  3. Library of the Center
  4. Museum component
  5. Cooperation

About the Project

Permanent Exhibition “Showcasing the work and Contribution of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)”

The mandate of the Information Centre also includes an exhibition component, so it was found that it is important for visitors, scholars and public in general to visually presents the Tribunal’s work and achievements. The exhibition will present the work and contribution of the Tribunal through showcasing all of 90 final judgements of convictions sorted by countries and then further regions and cities within the countries. Showcasing of each final judgement will contain case information sheet extracted from the ICTY database without any content modification (case number, indictment and its counts, trial statistics, final judgment summary, country where the prison sentence is served). Read more…

Where is the exhibition setting?

The exhibition will be constructed and installed in the Sarajevo City Hall (Vijećnica) – the ground floor on the right from the main entrance. The exhibition will be installed in the three separates but connected rooms and an additional hall, next to the original ICTY Courtroom No 2. delivered from the ICTY and together they will create a unique memorial complex.

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Sarajevo Information Centre on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

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Working hours

From Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 16:00
(providing direct and secure electronic access in ICTY’s online database and using the Library of the Center)

Every working day: 08.00-17.00
(for visiting the permanent exhibition area)

Contact persons

Ismena Čaušević,
Specialist in the Center
ismena.causevic@sarajevo.ba

Hamza Memišević,
hamza.memisevic@sarajevo.ba

 

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The Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s office in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Freedom, justice, and solidarity are the guiding principles in the work of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung – KAS).
KAS is a political foundation close to the German political party CDU.

Konrad Adenauer was one of the founders of the CDU party and the first German chancellor. His name is a symbol of the democratic renewal of Germany.

 

More about the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

With over 100 offices and more than 120 projects around the world, the KAS makes its own contribution to the development of democracy and the rule of law. In order to strengthen peace and freedom, they continuously support dialogue in the field of foreign and security policy, as well as dialogue between different cultures and religions.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s office in Bosnia and Herzegovina was opened in February 1997.

The office in Sarajevo coordinates projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with numerous partners. The KAS organizes seminars, round tables, workshops, study visits, and expert discussions on many important topics and works with political parties, faculties, religious communities, NGOs, governmental institutions, and young people.
The KAS in BiH also provides scholarships for engaged and promising young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Their goal is to promote the democratic development of political parties, to support the country’s EU integration process, and to promote reconciliation.

They also focus on a productive political and interreligious dialogue and a dialogue among young people from different parts of the country. They want to see people from Bosnia and Herzegovina working together on a better future. A key point of the work of the KAS is strengthening the transparency of the courts. The KAS engages in activities that will promote the rule of law.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Sarajevo works with and for the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Considering the objectives of the Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY and the objectives of the Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Sarajevo, particularly the policy goal defined as “overcoming the past and reconciliation”, it can be concluded that the objectives of the KAS and of the Sarajevo Information Centre on ICTY are fully compatible. In addition, the Federal Republic of Germany, as the country of origin of the KAS, is a country that successfully managed to overcome its war past and the consequences of war. That experience could be useful for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region, and therefore the Centre itself.

 

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