The Mladic case: a road to reconciliation?
The final hearings in the Mladic case are planned from 5th until 15th December 2016. The international tribunal for the former Yougoslavia is coming to a close. In this HagueTalks we will look at the Mladic case from different angles and talk about the importance of this case and of the ICTY for peace, justice and reconciliation in the Balkan countries.
The case against the Bosnian-Serb former commander Ratko Mladić started May 16, 2012, after he had been a fugitive for more than sixteen years. Mladić is accused of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, including the murder of 7000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys from Srebrenica.
Documentary maker Lidija Zelović fled from Sarajevo during the war. She will tell us why she doesn’t follow the trial. What does she consider necessary to bring more reconciliation to Bosnia? Lada Soljan working for the Yugoslavia Tribunal will give us an insight into the most important issues and the development of the case. How hard is it to convict a war criminal?
About the speakers
Lada Soljan is an Appeals Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where she has worked since 2005. She had previously served as a Legal Officer and Associate Legal Officer in the Tribunal’s Trial Division.
Lidija Zelović grew up in Sarajevo, in what was then still called Yugoslavia. In 1993 she fled to the Netherlands. As a war correspondent for e.g. the BBC, and later as film maker she tries to come closer to the truth behind war. She made the documentary ‘My friends‘, about the consequences of the war on her best friends, who grew up with her in Sarajevo. In her latest, very personal documentary, ‘My own private war‘ she tries to find out how a person can come to terms with its own war past.
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