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11 May 2009

Regional OSCE Conference on War-Crimes Processing

The OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina is organizing a regional conference with the aim of sharing experiences concerning war-crimes processing. The Conference will take place in May this year.

The "regional workshop on best practices in knowledge-transfer methodology concerning war-crimes processing" will take place in Sarajevo from May 13 to 15, 2009.

The workshop will host experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. It has also been announced that representatives of the Hague Tribunal, the OSCE Mission and other international institutions will take part in the Conference. Participants will discuss possibilities for "improving methodology of knowledge-transfer in order to respond to the needs of professionals, working in the field of war-crimes processing".

The Conference will be organized by the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE, ODIHR, in cooperation with the Centers for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of the Federation and Republika Srpska and Judicial Commission of Brcko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The regional conference will focus on carrying forward the activities initiated under OSCE projects on "Strengthening Capacities and Implementing Legacies" and "Supporting Transitional Processes: Best Practices in Knowledge Transfer". The Hague Tribunal and the UN Research Institute for Inter-religious Crimes and Judiciary are involved in those projects as well.

"The two projects focus on promotion of best practical experiences. The first one particularly relates to strengthening capacities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the second focuses on studying past and current activities on strengthening capacities of local experts for processing grave international crimes and giving proposals on the best possible ways of transferring knowledge and experiences gained through the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia," the OSCE announcement reads.

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