Human Rights Review Panel - 24th Session

Press Release
Number              01-2015
Date                   27.02.2015
Contact              Joanna Marszalik

The Human Rights Review Panel (the Panel) held its first session in 2015, from 3 to 5 February.  

The Panel found three cases inadmissible. One of them concerned proceedings before Kosovo courts. As in many similar previous cases, the Panel declared that it has no jurisdiction to review judicial proceedings before the courts of Kosovo, even if EULEX judges sit on the bench. In two other cases the Panel found that it had not been shown that EULEX was involved in any capacity in the matters complained about.

The Panel communicated one case to the EULEX Head of Mission, asking for his observations on its admissibility and merits. The case concerns an alleged violation of the complainant’s rights to private life (Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights) and a presumption of innocence (Article 6 par. 2 of the European Convection) by an EULEX prosecutor.

All decisions will be published on the Panel’s website upon translation into the Albanian and Serbian languages.

The next Panel session is scheduled to take place in the second half of April 2015.

There are currently 41 cases pending before the Panel. 26 of them have been communicated to the parties for observations on their admissibility and merits; two have been declared admissible. The remaining cases are under review.

For further information on the Panel and its case-law please visit

 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 Panel is independent in the exercise of its functions which it performs with impartiality and integrity.