Press Release - Human Rights Review Panel

Press Release
Number              01-2018
Date                   19 April 2018
Contact              John J Ryan

The Human Rights Review Panel, (the Panel) held its 37thsession from 10 to 12 April 2018. It issued three inadmissibility decisions and communicated one case to the EULEX Head of Mission for observations.

Two cases concerned proceedings before Kosovo courts (R.I. against EULEX, no. 2016-34 and Ndërmarrja Hoteliere Turistike Iliria Deçan against EULEX, no. 2016-35). As in many similar previous cases, the Panel declared that it has no jurisdiction to review judicial pro-ceedings before the courts of Kosovo, even if EULEX judges sit on the bench.

The third complaint (A.Z. against EULEX, no. 2017-01) , concerned the EULEX Prosecutors’ decision not to investigate the complainant’s case. The Panel found that the criminal case clearly did not fall under the authority of EULEX Prosecutors under the Law on Jurisdiction. It therefore declared the complaint manifestly ill-founded. Furthermore, the Panel found that the conduct complained of fell outside of the six-month timeframe for lodging the complaint.

The Panel examined a case relating to the fate of a person who had allegedly been missing since 1998. The complaint was lodged by his family member. The Panel communicated the case to the EULEX Head of Mission, asking for her observations on its admissibility and merits.

During the session the Panel also visited the Institute of Forensic Medicine where the EULEX Deputy Head of the EULEX Department for Forensic Medicine give them a presentation in the Institute’s work.

The decisions of the Panel are published on the website of the Panel in the English, Albanian and Serbian languages:

There are currently twenty six complaints pending before the Panel. Twenty one of the have been communicated to the HoM for her observations, the remaining ones are under consideration.

The next session of the Panel is scheduled to take place from 24 to 25 May 2018.

 Notes to the editor;
The Human Rights Review Panel (Panel) for EULEX Kosovo, as an independent accountability mechanism for alleged violations of hu-man rights, reviews complaints from any person claiming to be the victim of human rights violations by EULEX Kosovo in the conduct of its executive mandate. The Panel is not a judicial or disciplinary body. The mechanism will solely look into whether a violation of human rights occurred or not and formulate recommendations for remedial action. Such action does no include monetary compensa-tion. The Panel is independent in the exercise of its functions which it performs with impartiality and integrity.