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ICTY Delivers First Transcripts in Local Languages to Croatia

Press Release
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The Hague, 8 October 2010

ICTY Delivers First Transcripts in Local Languages to


The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today delivered the first batch of trial transcripts produced in the local languages of the region to the Croatian authorities. Following an urgent request from the Croatian authorities, the War Crimes Justice Project team was able to deliver six complete transcripts, from six public ICTY sessions, totalling 500 pages. Additional transcripts requested by regional counterparts will be delivered to BiH, Croatian and Serbian authorities in the near future, as a matter of priority.

The transcripts of the trials held before the ICTY have to date only been available in the official languages of the Tribunal – English and French.  As part of the War Crimes Justice Project, the Tribunal is producing transcripts of its key proceedings in Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian. This is expected to improve the ability of legal practitioners in the region to access and utilize testimony given before the ICTY that is relevant to their domestic proceedings.

The production of Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian transcripts of ICTY court hearings under the War Crimes Justice project commenced in July of this year and will continue until November 2011.

The War Crimes Justice Project is a joint project between the Tribunal and its partner organisations: the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), and OSCE field operations in the region. The Project was made possible through the generous support of the European Union.


For more information on the War Crimes Justice Project please visit http://www.icty.org/sid/240


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