Nataša Kandić, the Founder of the HLC, has won over 20 international, regional and national awards for human rights. In 2000, she was given the Martin Ennals award, a prestigious award for human rights defenders. Nataša Kandić is one of the names on the list of 36 European heroes in 2003 chosen by the American magazine “Time”. In 2004, the People in Need Foundation gave the Homo Homini award to Nataša Kandić and the HLC, and this award was presented to Nataša Kandić by Vaclav Havel. In 2005, she was announced as an “Honorary Citizen of Sarajevo”, and Slobodna Bosna magazine elected her the “Person of the Year” in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In September 2006, Time magazine pronounced Nataša Kandić one of the heroes of the past 60 years. In March 2007, Nataša became a member of the International Journal of Transitional Justice (Oxford University Journals), and in August 2008, she was invited to join the Advisory Council of the Weiser Centre for Emerging Democracies, University of Michigan. The Kosovo Institute of Peace honored Nataša with ‘The Peace Award’ in November 2012, “for her extraordinary work and contribution for reconciliation among the nations in the Balkans”. In 2013, Nataša was entitled the ‘Civil Rights Defender of the Year’, she was the winner of the ‘Days of Sarajevo 2013’ award, given by the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Serbia, and also received the ‘Hrant Dink’ award from the Turkish ‘Hrant Dink Foundation’.
Teki Bokshi- is a lawyer from Gjakova, who was born on 20 October 1949. He finished his elementary and secondary education in “Hajdar Dushi” school in Djakovica. He graduated at the Law School at the University of Prishtina. He worked as a legal officer for a certain period of time in Djakovica. Since 1980 Bokshi works as a licensed lawyer in Kosovo Chamber of Lawyers. From 1985 to 1988 he was a member of the Board of KCL. From 1989 to 1993 he was President of Kosovo Chamber of Lawyers. After the war in Kosovo he participated in various forums KCL. Currently, he is the President of KCL in the city of Djakovica. He is a member of the Board Prosecutor of Kosovo and a member of the Governing Board of the Kosovo Chamber of Lawyers. After the war, as the defender has participated in many court cases were politically motivated against Albanians. He has worked with NGOs and especially with the Humanitarian Law, based in Belgrade, and the executive director of the organization, Ms. Natasa Kandic, which has submitted data on violations of fundamental rights and freedom of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo. After the Kosovo war, he worked as a lawyer of the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade, providing legal aid and defense of Kosovo Albanians who were arrested as a result of armed conflict in Kosovo and in their defense in court proceedings in Serbia. He continued his cooperation with the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade, representing several ethnic Albanians from Kosovo who have applied for pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages they suffered during their illegal arrest by the then Serbian authorities. He continues to work as a lawyer in Djakovica.
Ismet Hajdari is a journalist with many years of experience. Mr. Hajdari finished the Law School at the University of Prishtina and later completed his specialization in the field of international relations and political sciences at the South Eastern European University (SEEU) of Tetovo. During his rich career as a journalist, he worked for the daily newspaper “Nasa Borba”, reporting on the conflicts in Kosovo for the AP. He was also a correspondent for Kosovo at the radio Free Europe, where he later worked as an editor in the Albanian language. Mr. Hajdari for a certain period of time was the spokesman of the Central Bank of Kosovo and he is recently working as a Kosovo correspondent for RWB and AFP. He also lectures a short introduction into the history of Balkans at the ISPE College in Pristina.
Kosovare Kelmendi was born on 09.13.1971 in Pristina. She is the daughterof Nekibe and Bajram Kelmendi, well-known lawyers. She finished the elementary and secondary school in Pristina. She has finished Law School, in University of Prishtina and graduated in February 1995.She interned at the office of lawyers Bajram the Nekibe Kelmendi since 1995, and was formally registered in the Book of Interns at Kosovo Chamber of Lawyers in February 1999.She worked in the NGO “Humanitarian Law center” in Pristina, as the coordinator of Offices for Kosovo, from 1999 to 2000. She has participated in several international conferences on human rights, has monitored many trials for war crimes in Kosovo courts.Has passed the bar on 14 April 2002 in Pristina.She was registered in the Chamber of Lawyers on 17 May 2002, as an independent lawyer in “Advocacy Kelmendi” in Pristina.
In 2013 she was also certified for practicing the activity of notaries.
Veton Nurkollari, is an artist, and at the same time the Program Director of DokuFest, one of the biggest festival of short films and documentaries in Kosovo. Nurkollari is also a member of the advisory board of “Balkan Documentary Center” based in Sofia, Bulgaria and panel member selection committee Cinema Eye Honors, an organization based in New York. It is worth noted that Nurkollari coordinated six short documentaries for the “Stories on Human Rights on the sidelines of Kosovo.”
Mario Mažić, was born in Sisak and grew up between Petrinja and Sisak due to war events in the 1990. He finished general program high school and enrolled at Faculty of Political Science in 2006. He finished a summer academic program in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Oslo, Norway (2008) and Northwestern University’s Study Abroad program in Croatia in History and Literature (2010). In 2012 he participated in a Fellowship program in Historical Dialogue and Accountability at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, New York, USA. Later in high school he joined the Croatian Helsinki Committee Youth Group and was later coordinating it before becoming an associate in the CHC’s Human Rights Education Program. He is a board member of the Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo and the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, where he holds the position of Secretary General. He established YIHR in Croatia in late 2008 in coordination with the YIHR Regional Network. He is currently working as the Director of Programs of YIHR in Croatia where he coordinates all YIHR’s programs in cooperation with the program coordinators.
The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) Kosovo was established in Prishtinë in May 1997, by a well-known human rights activist Mrs....