Premiere of the Documentary “Crimes before the ICTY: Central Bosnia”

The Hague Institute hosted the English language premiere of the documentary Crimes before the ICTY: Central Bosnia, produced by the Outreach Programme of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The screening of the film was preceded by short introductory remarks by senior ICTY officials. H.E. Ahmet Halilović, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Kingdom of the Netherlands also delivered remarks.

The screening was followed by a reception (17:30-18:30).

Crimes before the ICTY: Central Bosnia is the fourth in a series of documentary films produced by the Tribunal’s Outreach Programme. The series provides current audiences and future generations with an accessible overview of the vast array of factual findings and groundbreaking judicial achievements from different cases heard over the years before the ICTY.

In early 1993, a full scale war erupted in Lašva Valley of Central Bosnia between Bosnian Croats and Muslims, former allies in the war against the Bosnian Serbs, with the involvement of neighbouring Croatia on one side and foreign fighters on the other side.

Investigations into crimes committed by both sides began while the conflict was still ongoing. As a result, some of the first indictments issued by the Office of the Prosecutor of the newly established International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia related to crimes in Central Bosnia.

Through interviews with protagonists and courtroom footage, Crimes before the ICTY: Central Bosnia tells the story of how the crimes were uncovered and the subsequent investigations by the Tribunal’s investigators. The film traces the difficult path to establishing the facts about what took place in Central Bosnia in 1993. Together, this forms the story of the early days of the modern international justice system.

  • To watch the trailer of the documentary, please click HERE.

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