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Seeking Truth in the Balkans

United States

June Vutrano Director


    In 1993 the UN Security Council unanimously voted to establish the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to investigate war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide which were taking place in the Balkans.

    After the establishment of this Tribunal which was the first of its kind since the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals, the war continued and atrocities escalated.

    Twenty one long years have passed since the Tribunal began with a shaky start.

    Since that time all 161 indictees have been accounted for and the Tribunal is in its final phase of completion.

    Since this is the beginning of our new era of international law which inspired other ad hoc Tribunals such as Rwanda, Cambodia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Court it is a great time to assess the legacy of this frontrunner in international law.

    We visit all the stakeholders in our investigation of the true legacy, regional activists, victims, journalists, academics, legal scholars and law makers as we explore whether the tribunal fulfilled its mission toward peace, justice, truth and reconciliation in the region and globally.

    Many films have been made about the wars of the Balkans during the 1990's but none have explored the human rights versus the jurisprudential perspective.