The report presents perceptions of Kosovan citizens’ vis-à-vis transitional justice
mechanisms and discusses the necessity to implement these mechanisms as part of the rehabilitation of Kosovo society. While it aims to provide grounds for comparison in future public opinion research in this area, this report is not comparative in nature, considering that it is the first research of its kind in Kosovo. The primary objective of this study is to provide comprehensive analysis of attitudes for ethnic communities living in Kosovo regarding transitional justice mechanisms. The four chapters of this report cross-cut between various aspects of human rights and academic approaches, and present the perceptions of Kosovan citizens.

The report reveals opinions prevailing among the general public regarding human rights standards, human rights violations, and accountability. It addresses the role of ethnic bias when assessing issues of war crimes and missing persons. It also discusses challenges that both local and international judges as well as prosecutors face during the process of restoring justice and ensuring accountability. Material and non-material forms of reparation for the victims, including institutional reform necessary for embedding a human rights culture, is also subject to this research.

May 2007

The report can be downloaded  here.