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News, 12/29/2011

Finland supports ICTY Outreach Programme aimed at young people

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has in December 2011 launched an outreach project aimed at introducing high school youths in the former Yugoslavia to the work of the Tribunal. The project benefits from financial support from the Finnish Government.

As the ICTY’s mandate nears completion, the outreach project will aim to improve access in local communities to information about the ICTY’s achievements, to promote a deeper understand of the Tribunal’s work, and to cement its legacy throughout the region of the former Yugoslavia.

Students at the First Gymnasium, Sarajevo, follow a presentation on the work of the Tribunal. Photo: ICTY.Students at the First Gymnasium, Sarajevo, follow a presentation on the work of the Tribunal. Photo: ICTY.

Through a series of multi-media presentations aimed at high school students, the ICTY wants to encourage young people to take an active interest in issues of justice, post-conflict social recovery as well as the ICTY’s mission. The presentations are intended to introduce high school students to the efforts undertaken by the Tribunal to investigate war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s and to bring to justice those accused of committing these crimes. Students will also learn about international humanitarian law and post-conflict justice.

A presentation at the First Gymnasium in Sarajevo on December 14 marked the beginning of a series of 15 presentations that will be held across Bosnia and Herzegovina during the winter and next spring with the support of the country’s Ministry of Education. Presentations will also follow at high schools in Kosovo, and work is underway to roll out the project to high schools in Serbia and Croatia during the current school year. At the same time the outreach programme will organize lectures and workshops at universities in this region.

Important support from Finland

The ICTY Outreach Programme has received continuous financial support from the European Union. Within the context of this programme the Finnish Government has also supported these important efforts to reach out to young people. According to the Tribunal this support has been crucial to making the project possible.

The Finnish Government highly appreciates the efforts undertaken by the ICTY to reduce impunity and considers its important that the Tribunal’s legacy is maintained after it has completed its work. Finland has recently contributed funds to the ICTY for purposes of conducting an inquiry into the possibility of compensation for victims of war crimes. This inquiry will be undertaken in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Further information:

  • Anu Saarela, Head of Unit for Public International Law, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 9 1605 5726, anu.saarela(a)
  • ICTY Head of Outreach, Nerma Jelačić, tel. +31 70 512 5066, jelacic(a)
  • ICTY Media Office, tel. +31 70 512 8752 / 5356 /5343, press(a)


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Updated 12/29/2011

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