Tuesday, August 10, 2010

War Crimes: War crimes tribunal donates legal texts to university in Kosovo

UN - The United Nations tribunal dealing with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s is moving to enhance legal scholarship in the region by donating a collection of journals and books to a university in Kosovo.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands, announced on Friday that it is donating the journals to the Law Faculty and Human Rights Centre of Pristina University.

The donation emerged after a meeting between the ICTY Outreach Office and officials from the university.

In a press release, the ICTY said it “is committed to promoting respect for the rule of law,” and hoped that “the donated books will greatly benefit the students of law in Kosovo.”

The objective of the tribunal, established under a 1993 Security Council resolution, is “to bring to justice the persons who are responsible for…mass killings, massive, organized and systematic detention and rape of women, and the continuance of the practice of ‘ethnic cleansing,’” in the former Yugoslavia.