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The Hague, 12 November 2010
ICTY Delivers First Transcripts in Local Languages to Bosnia and Herzegovina
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia today delivered a first set of trial transcripts produced in local languages to the Prosecutor’s Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of a project that aims to enhance the capacity of judiciaries in the region to handle complex war crimes cases.
Also today, the second batch of transcripts was delivered to the Croatian authorities. Until October 2010, the trial transcripts were available only in English and French, the official languages of the ICTY.
“It has been regrettable and unfortunate that these transcripts were not available in the national languages of the countries concerned. I therefore welcome the opportunity to set that right through the War Crimes Justice Project,” said Judge Patrick Robinson, the President of the Tribunal.
The set of transcripts sent to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia today contains close to 620 pages in total. Other transcripts are expected to be delivered in late November to the authorities of Serbia and in early December to the authorities of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In October, the Tribunal delivered 500 pages of transcripts to the Croatian authorities, while 400 pages were delivered to Serbian authorities earlier this month. The Tribunal will aim to produce a minimum of 60,000 transcript pages in local languages as part of the War Crimes Justice Project.
The War Crimes Justice Project is a 4-million euro regional project funded by the European Union and carried out by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), in partnership with the ICTY, the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, and OSCE field operations.
For more information on the project please contact Ms. Sanela Tunović, the Outreach Officer for the War Crimes Justice Project at +387 61 539 535 or wcjp [at] odihr.pl
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For more information on the War Crimes Justice Project please visit http://www.icty.org/sid/240
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