EU and UNDP Support Kosovo’s CSOs in Promoting Transitional Justice Initiatives
November 29, 2023
Pristina, 29 November 2023 - In a joint effort to increase accountability for war crimes, promote transitional justice, foster inter-ethnic dialogue, and empower conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) survivors in Kosovo, the EU-funded regional project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has signed today agreements with nine Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to support their work in addressing complex challenges faced by Kosovo's society after the conflict, and in advancing the cause for peace and reconciliation.
Nine CSOs were selected through the first and the second call for proposals, including Kosovo 2.0, Kosovo Law Institute, Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, Jahjaga Foundation, Prishtina Institute for Political Studies, NGO Avoko, Kosovo Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims, Medica Gjakova, and Democracy Plus.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Nuno Queiros, UNDP Resident Representative, and Jarmo Feliks Helppikangas, Head of Law and Legal Section, Human Rights, at the EU Special Representative in Kosovo.
On this occasion, Mr. Queiros emphasized: “This event is a reflection of the joint commitment to foster partnerships in further contributing to the transitional justice process in Kosovo and recognizing the dedication and efforts of civil society partners in shaping a more resilient and harmonious future for Kosovo.”
On the other hand, Jarmo Helppikangas said: "The EU has supported transitional justice initiatives both at regional and at local level aimed at strengthening accountability for war crimes committed during the 1990s and at promoting reconciliation in the region. We remain committed to continuing our support and we would like to see more local ownership on these issues."
About the Project
The EU Support to Confidence Building in the Western Balkans is a four-year regional project implemented in partnership with UNDP Offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia and with the financial support of the European Commission. The Project aims to increase accountability for war crimes in the Western Balkans region, strengthen the public’s overall support for these processes and foster dialogue within societies and ethnic groups about crimes committed during the 1990s, leaving more resilient communities.
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