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Transitional Justice in Serbia: Situation and Recommendations


Klevisa Kovaçi

Columbia University, US; Sciences Po Paris, FR
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Master in Economic and Political Development, Class of 2017

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After experiencing mass atrocities and genocide during the 1990s Balkan Wars, Serbia is transforming from a state ravaged by conflict to a state focused on reconstruction and increasing the prosperity of its people. Yet, Serbia’s progress in post-conflict transitional justice has been slow and flawed with respect to war trials, lustration and survivors’ reparations. Its transitional justice efforts are hampered by biased decisions, politicization by government leaders, impunity for war criminals and negative or confused public opinion that perceive efforts for justice as unfairly targeting Serbs as war crime perpetrators. As such, the country must seriously bolster its policies and institutions involved in the transitional justice process: enact lustration and vetting laws, further prosecute former war perpetrators, adhere to victims’ concerns for protection and reparations, continue the search for missing persons more efficiently and support a broader culture of remembrance. Such steps will better facilitate social cohesion in Serbia where people of different ethnicities, religions and backgrounds can live together more democratically and with greater respect for human rights.

How to Cite: Kovaçi, K., 2018. Transitional Justice in Serbia: Situation and Recommendations. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 6(1), pp.173–201.
Published on 01 Jan 2018.
Peer Reviewed


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