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General Purposes

Humanitarian Law Center

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $400,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2017–December 31, 2019
  • Location Belgrade, Serbia
  • Geographic Focus Serbia

About this grant

The overall program goal is to establish the conditions for dealing with the past in Serbia and the broader region in order to restore the rule of law and prevent future conflict. The Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Center researches and documents war crimes and other human rights abuses stemming from the regime of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia and the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s. Using its research and documentation, the grantee informs the public about war crimes and the role of perpetrators; supports institutional reform; encourages community- and societal-level efforts of victims to tell their stories; and educates young people about the importance of truth, justice, and accountability. During 2017–2019, the grantee will also launch a campaign to establish a public documentation center in Belgrade that allows greater public access to its archive and database. During the past two years, the grantee significantly increased the number of documents in its archive, completed documentation of 13,568 victims of the war in Kosovo, supported efforts to establish a regional victims’ commission, and organized summer schools on transitional justice.