ICTY representative Astrit Lleshi visited high schools in Prizren, Velika Kruša, Đakovica and Orahovac, on 8, 9, 10 and 11 December, where he held presentations describing the work of the ICTY for a total of 145 students.
Kosovo students learned about the Tribunal’s role in bringing to justice some of those most responsible for crimes committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and how by doing so, it has given voice to thousands of victims. In addition, Astrit informed Kosovo teenagers about the ICTY’s contribution to international criminal justice and discussed the related issues with them.
The students were keen to hear more about cases specifically concerning Kosovo, as they are not provided with information on this topic as part of their regular schoolwork. Students also wanted to know more about protective measures granted to witnesses, and ICTY sentencing practice. In addition, they were interested to hear more about the cooperation between the ICTY and national judiciaries; specifically the ICTY’s contribution to strengthening local institutions dealing with the war crimes.
With support of the Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in the school year 2015/16 the ICTY Outreach Programme is organising presentations in 10 high schools throughout Kosovo. This week, the ICTY representative visited five schools, while the remaining five presentations will be held in 2016.