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Muižnieks reveals Balkans region reconcialiation fears

Mounting ethnic division and polarisation is overtaking reconciliation in the Balkans, according to the Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks.

“After having visited all the countries of the Western Balkans, I am concerned that reconciliation has stalled and is being superceded by mounting ethnic divisions and polarisation in the region,” states Muižnieks in his latest ‘Human Rights Comment‘ published today.

“These relate in particular to denial of genocide, glorification of war criminals and attempts to rehabilitate persons involved in crimes committed during the 1990s’ wars. What is more, divisions have been exacerbated by World War II- related historical revisionism, inflammatory discourse by certain political leaders, and persisting ethnic segregation in education.”

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