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Outreach documentary Crimes before the ICTY: Central Bosnia premieres in The Hague

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Crimes before the ICTY: Central Bosnia, the fourth feature-length documentary produced by the Tribunal’s Outreach Programme, premiered in English yesterday during a screening held at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The screening was attended by diplomats, representatives of international organisations and non-governmental organisations, academics, government officials and students.

The documentary focuses on the cases heard by the Tribunal concerning crimes that were committed in the area of Lašva Valley and its surroundings from 1993 to 1995. Through testimonies of victims, interviews with ICTY prosecutors and documentary material used as evidence in the court, the film tells the story of the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of war crimes committed in Central Bosnia.

In his opening remarks, ICTY and MICT Registrar John Hocking said: "The aim of this documentary is to make the ICTY proceedings more accessible to all those interested in our work, as well as to strengthen the vital link between the Tribunal and the people in the former Yugoslavia.".

H. E. Ahmed Halilović, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Netherlands then emphasised the importance of having access to ICTY's findings in an easily comprehensible form: "Presenting the work of the ICTY in a succinct and comprehensive manner enables the people in my country to better understand often complex legal issues and to actually see justice being done."

The documentary is available in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) and can be viewed on the Tribunal’s YouTube channel.  The complete series of Outreach produced documentaries can be viewed on the Tribunal’s website.

For more information about this or other Outreach projects please contact Ms. Giorgia Tortora, External Relations Officer, at tortorag [at] un.org, or +31 70 5125580

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