The trial of former Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci and three other men charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, has highlighted the need for justice 24 years after the Kosovo war, the international Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization underlined on March 31.
In a comment on the upcoming trial of Thaci and three other members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), director of Europe and Central Asia at the Human Rights Watch, Hugh Williamson, said the “trial offers a chance after so many years for the victims to learn what happened,” while warning at “the pervasive impunity that still hangs over the Kosovo conflict, and more broadly over the wars in the former Yugoslavia.”
“The Thaci trial can help set Kosovo on a clearer path towards justice and the rule of law after a history of oppression. It puts the spotlight squarely on the Serbian government to hold its own forces to account after years of protecting those responsible for grave crimes,” Williamson said.
Shortly ahead of the trial before the Kosovo Specialized Chambers, Williamson said “the trial is of four people accused of committing terrible crimes” during and after the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo, “against people from various ethnic groups.”