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2007

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Outstanding Issues in Post-Conflict Recovery and Reconciliation

Members

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Hon. Alcee Hastings

Chairman

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

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Hon. Ben Cardin

Co-Chairman

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

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Hon. Chris Smith

Ranking Member

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Witnesses

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Mr. Raffi Gregorian

Principal Deputy High Representative

Office of the High Representative, Sarajevo

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Mr. Douglas Davidson

Head of Mission

OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

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Mr. Adam Boys

Chief Operating Officer

International Commission on Missing Persons, Sarajevo

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Ms. Diane Orentlicher

Professor and Co-Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC

The hearing will focus on outstanding issues from the 1992-95 conflict, which was characterized by violent ethnic cleansing, and how they shape politics, society and economic development in Bosnia-Herzegovina today. Issues of particular interest include bringing those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide to justice, the successful return of displaced persons and refugees, and the identification of missing persons. Like virtually all European countries, Bosnia-Herzegovina has strong aspirations for European integration, but the legacy of the war has made a popular consensus to necessary reform efforts exceedingly difficult to obtain.

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