Human Rights Review Panel - 14th Session

Press Release
Number              01-2013
Date                   21.01.2013
Contact              John J. Ryan

The Human Rights Review Panel (the Panel) held its 14th regular session in Pristina from 14 to 16 January, 2013. It was noted that there were 21 complaints pending before the Panel at the start of the session, four of which were ready for consideration by the Panel.

The Panel determined unanimously that two of the complaints were inadmissible. Further, the Panel decided for the first time on the re-examination of a case. The complainant submitted three additional documents after the original inadmissibility decision had been taken. These documents had been originally sent to the Panel but did not reach it for technical reasons through no fault of the complainant.

Consequently, in possession of those documents, the Panel decided to re-examine the admissibility of the complaint within the meaning of Rule 42 of its Rules of Procedure. The Panel came to the unanimous conclusion that the respective documents did not impact materially on its decision to declare the complaint inadmissible.

The decisions of the Panel will be transmitted to the complainants as well as to the EULEX Head of Mission (HoM). Decisions will also be published in due course on the Panel’s website upon translation into the Albanian and Serbian languages.

Furthermore, the Panel determined one case to be ready for communication to the HoM for further information and observations. 

The next Panel session is scheduled to take place from 8 April to 11 April 2013 in Pristina.

Please see for further information on the Panel and its case-law.

 Notes to the editor;
The Human Rights Review Panel (Panel) for EULEX Kosovo, as an independent accountability mechanism for alleged violations of human 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 compensation.  The Psnel is independent in the exercise of its functions which it performs with impartiality and integrity.