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“To Know and not to Repeat It” Event at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade

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“The Draft RECOM Statute was adopted on March 26, 2011. Consultations on the Draft RECOM Statute lasted for almost three years and they included law professionals, representatives of religious communities, teachers and university professors, representatives of associations of victims of war, young people, members of human rights non-governmental organizations, etc. Consultations on the Draft RECOM Statute represented the most comprehensive debate conducted on the territory of the former Yugoslavia on a topic that is very important for the entire region. So many years after the conflict none of the post-Yugoslav states has a register of people who lost their lives in the war and there are still over 15,000 people considered missing” said Maja Mićić, director of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights Serbia at the “To Know and not to Repeat It” event that was held on March 28, 2011 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. Students were informed about the Initiative to Create a Regional Commission Tasked with Establishing the Facts about War Crimes and Other Serious Human Rights Violations Committed in the Period 1991-2001 on the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia (RECOM).

Mićić added that in April and May 2011 the Initiative for RECOM will conduct the One Million Signatures Campaign to collect signatures in support of RECOM. This campaign, which will be carried out with the help of partner organizations will be the largest synchronized operation on the territory of the former Yugoslavia and it will include thousands of young people from the entire region.

Professor Bora Kuzmanović, Faculty of Philosophy, Professor Nebojša Petrović, Institute for Psychological Research, and Dušan Lopušina, Youth Initiative for Human Rights Serbia, took part in the discussion that followed the presentation. Most participants asked questions concerning the work of the Commission.

The event was attended by over 60 students who actively participated in the discussion and wanted to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the One Million Signatures for RECOM Campaign.