Whatever one thinks of the Court, to disband it would have enormously grave repercussions for Kosovo’s international status.
While most of the attention has focused on whether or not the law on the Specialist Chambers will be revoked, we’ve forgotten to talk about why this court is important - the victims.
Citizens, politicians, and Astrit Dehari’s family gathered to mark a year since the late activist’s death in custody, demanding that authorities be held accountable.
Although he backed its establishment, President Hashim Thaci criticized the Kosovo Specialist Court, saying that it was unfair to Albanians as it was set to prosecute only KLA-related war crimes.
To harness the court’s capacity for positive societal impact, it is key that society has realistic understanding and expectations about the court’s purpose and possibilities.