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It is becoming more and more difficult to prosecute crime perpetrators. The quality of evidence material is diminishing due to investigations which are carried out in an unduly and below-quality manner. Our society is still lacking the atmosphere in which people would be willing to testify against crime perpetrators who were “on our side“ – are some of the major conclusions from the Round Table on which, along with presenting key recommendations from the Annual Report on War Crime Trials in 2012, other issues were discussed such as the importance of further investigation and prosecution of a large number of war crimes that have not been prosecuted up to now, while particularly stressing the social position of civilian war victims, especially of victims of rape and sexual abuse.

The Round Table titled “Ensuring the Right to Effective Remedy for War Crime Victims“ held at the Croatian Journalists’ Hall in Zagreb, 28 March 2013, was organized by Documenta – Centre for Dealing with the Past, Civic Committee for Human Rights, and the Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights-Osijek.

Keynote presenters at the Round Table were Branko Hrvatin, President of the Supreme Court of the RoC, Gordan Markotić, Assistant Minister of Justice in Croatian Government, Paul Vandoren, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia and Vesna Teršelič, Head of Documenta.