The EU pressures Former Yugoslav States to set up the Regional Truth Commission
A non-political regional coalition of civil society organisations and individuals has been campaigning for several years for the creation of a commission tasked with establishing facts about war crimes and human rights violations committed in the former Yugoslavia from 1991 to 2001.
The proposed commission would compile a list of all those killed and missing during the wars and an inventory of prison camps and other detention centres.
In its statement, the European Parliament also said Balkan states should continue to work with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
The European Parliament said in a statement that the RECOM commission advocated by a coalition of rights groups was “an important mechanism for the reconciliation process” and said that all countries in the region should back it.
“We call on the presidents of the countries which are yet to appoint their representatives to RECOM to do so immediately so as to finalise the process of RECOM’s formal establishment,” said the European Parliament in a statement.
The Coalition for RECOM advocates the creation of the Regional Commission Tasked with Establishing the Facts about All War Crimes and Other Serious Human Rights Violations Committed on the Territory of the former SFRY in the period from 1991-2001. In addition, the Coalition for RECOM conducts consultations on the Initiative for RECOM in all post-Yugoslav states.
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