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Over 2000 students benefit from Outreach Programme’s High Schools Project
The Tribunal’s Outreach Programme today concludes its ground-breaking effort to reach out to young people at high schools across the former Yugoslavia with the 50th presentation taking place at Gymnasium "Eqrem Çabej" in Vučitrn/Vushtrri in Kosovo.
Since last December over 2,000 students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo were introduced to the work of the Tribunal and its achievements in bringing to justice those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s.
Participating students learned about cases relevant to their country and communities that have been completed before the Tribunal, the way in which such cases have contributed to the establishment of facts and the influence the ICTY has had on the development of the rule of law in the region.
Presentations took place in some of the communities most affected by the wars of the 1990s, including Foča, Srebrenica, Višegrad, Prijedor, Mostar, Vukovar, Zadar, Petrinja, Kačanik and Glogovac/Gllogoc.
Commenting on the value of high schools project, Nerma Jelačić, Head of Outreach at the ICTY said: “Through this project, young people have been encouraged to examine the relevance of the Tribunal’s work and achievements to the recovery of their communities and to place their own experiences within the context of wider issues of justice, dealing with the past and post-conflict social recovery. We are grateful to the European Union and the government of Finland as well as those governments in the countries of the former Yugoslavia that supported the project.”
A concise report about the project, which will include the students' opinions about the Tribunal and the process of dealing with the past, will be published in the near future.
As the ICTY moves towards the completion of its mandate, the Outreach Programme is intensifying its efforts to increase the access of local communities to information on the Tribunal’s work. In doing so, the Outreach Programme seeks to cement the Tribunal’s legacy throughout the region of the former Yugoslavia.
The Outreach Programme benefits from the continuous support of the European Union and its work with the youth of the former Yugoslavia is generously supported by the Finnish government.
More information about the Outreach Programme can be found on the Tribunal’s website.
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