UN not meeting international justice standards in Kosovo: Amnesty report

[JURIST] The International Judges and Prosecutors Programme [backgrounder] of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official website] has failed to meet international standards to ensure fair trials, according to a report [PDF text, press release] released Wednesday by Amnesty International [advocacy website]. The report blamed "flaws in the concept, limited resources and the low priority that international justice has been given" for systemic failures that could result in scores of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1990s conflict in Kosovo [JURIST news archive] going unpunished.

The report concludes that "the structure and operation of the Programme have been so flawed that the example in Kosovo cannot serve as a model for internationalizing national judicial systems without major changes." UNMIK officials declined to comment on the report Wednesday. AP has more.



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.