Press Release

Human Rights Review Panel - 10th regular session

Press Release
Number              01-2012
Date                  27.03.2012
Contact              John J Ryan

Human Rights Review Panel

The Human Rights Review Panel (HRRP) held its 10th regular session in Prishtinë/Priština from 19 to 21 March 2012.

It was noted that there were ten (10) complaints pending before the Panel at the start of the session and the Panel found four (4) of those complaints inadmissible. Two (2) complaints were communicated to the Head of Mission (HOM) EULEX Kosovo for his observations.

The decisions adopted by the Panel will be transmitted to the complainants as well as the HoM and they will also be published on the Panel’s website upon translation into the Albanian and Serbian languages.

The Panel met with students from the Young Leaders School Program at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Kosovo (YIHR KS) at their request in conjunction with its ongoing outreach campaign on 19 March, 2012. The Panel briefed the students on its mandate and operations and this was followed by a lively question and answer/discussion session.  

The Panel also met with Mr. Joel Mermet, the new Head of Office, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kosovo on 20 March, 2012. This was an introductory meeting during which Panel briefed Mr. Mermet on the mandate and operations of the Panel and discussed human rights issues of mutual interest and concern.

The Panel has received forty six (46) complaints since it commenced its operations in June 2010 and it has taken final decisions in forty (40) of those complaints to date. The next Panel session will take place from 21 to 23 May, 2012.

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 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.