South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a model example of how to employ restorative justice after conflict, and it shows that it takes individuals with credibility to steer the process, and a genuine desire to acknowledge past violence to build lasting peace.
Proposing amnesty for war crimes as a golden ticket to securing a final comprehensive agreement between Kosovo and Serbia jeopardises the pursuit of justice for human rights violations in Kosovo, with a senseless disregard for victims and their families.
Public reaction to Shkelzen Gashi’s comments on the KLA and his subsequent dismissal as an adviser to Albin Kurti demonstrate that even 21 years after the Kosovo war, it is still dangerous to open discussions on war crimes in a society where a culture of impunity has taken root.
Kosovo marks the twelfth anniversary of its Constitution entering into force while facing another political crisis concurrent with a public health emergency. Nevertheless, the Constitution and its court have always ensured that political crises do not become constitutional crises.
The new special envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue has been given little time to restore faith in the EU’s ability to normalise relations between the two states, especially when facing a global pandemic, political crises and pressure from the other side of the Atlantic.