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12 December 2011

Bosnian Journalists at The Hague

Journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose visit to The Hague has been organized by BIRN BiH, visited the International Criminal Court, ICC, where they had a chance to familiarize themselves with the work of that Court and cases covering genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The journalists spoke to representatives of the Prosecutor's Office, Court's Section for Cooperation with the Media and Public and ICC spokesperson. They visited the courtroom, where trials are held. 



The ICC was founded as per an agreement between countries. Unlike the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, it is not part of the UN system.



The journalists will spend the whole week at the ICTY. They will be given an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the work of that institution, where more than 4,000 witnesses have been examined. 



The Hague Tribunal has charged 161 persons with war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia, thus making the first steps in the fight against impunity.



The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has pronounced 64 persons guilty of war crimes and sentenced them to 916 years' and one life imprisonment. 



The journalists will have a chance to attend trials held before the ICTY and make trial reports for their media stations. The journalists come from daily and weekly print media that cover the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 



The group consists of journalists working with Dnevni avaz, Dnevni list, Oslobodjenje, Nezavisne
novine, Slobodna Bosna, Dani, Start, BIRN and SRNA news agency.



BIRN BiH has organize the visit to The Hague with the support from the Swedish Government through the Civil Right Defenders organization, and the Swiss Government, which have provided financial resources.



This is the second time that BIRN BiH has organized a visit to the Hague by Bosnian journalists in order to enable journalists to familiarize themselves with the work and procedures of that institution. 



The experience they will have gained during this visit will contribute to more objective reporting by these journalists.

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