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Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing on Missing Persons in Southeast Europe

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

The Story from the Families

WASHINGTON - The United States Helsinki Commission will hold a hearing with individuals who lost relatives in Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia during the decade of conflicts associated with the former Yugoslavia’s disintegration.

Missing Persons in Southeast Europe

Friday, August 1, 2003
9:15 AM to 10:30 AM
334 Cannon House Office Building

 

Testifying:

Olgica Bozanic, Member of the Presidency, Association of Family Members of Missing and Kidnaped Individuals, Belgrade, Serbia

Verica Tomanovic, Member of the Presidency, Association of Family Members of Missing and Kidnaped Individuals, Belgrade, Serbia

Cedomir Maric, President of the Association of Families of Missing Persons from Krajina, Belgrade, Serbia

Gordana Jaksic, Member of the Board of Directors, Association of Parents and Families of the Arrested, Captured and Missing, Novi Sad, Serbia

According to the International Commission on Missing Persons, as many as 40,000 persons are missing as a result of a decade of deadly conflict in the former Yugoslavia beginning in 1991. Mass graves continue to be uncovered, while people still seek information from government offices on lost relatives. In some cases, efforts to find the truth about the unknown fate of loved ones have brought together individuals representing different ethnic groups.

On this, the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, the Helsinki Commission will hold a hearing on one aspect of this issue, the views of Serbs who themselves lost relatives in Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. The panelists also represent organizations consisting of hundreds of families sharing the same tragedy and grief.

Media contact: 
Email: 
csce[dot]press[at]mail[dot]house[dot]gov
Phone: 
202.225.1901
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