2015 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust  Prize for Nonfiction Finalist

Eliott Behar Tell It to the World: International Justice and the Secret Campaign to Hide Mass Murder in Kosovo Dundurn Press


Eliott Behar
Tell It to the World: International Justice and the Secret Campaign to Hide Mass Murder in Kosovo 
Dundurn Press


Eliott Behar Tell It to the World: International Justice and the Secret Campaign to Hide Mass Murder in Kosovo Dundurn Press

Jury Citation

With clarity and precision, Eliott Behar peels back the layers of deceit, cover-up, and atrocity that surround the ethnic cleansing of predominantly Muslim Albanians perpetrated by Serbia in the province of Kosovo. Tell It to the World reads partly like a mystery novel and partly like a courtroom drama, while still providing a plea from the heart to reconsider how ideas of “justice” and “injustice” have been used to enflame hatreds and political violence from the former Yugoslavia to Rwanda. A powerful and important book.

About the Book

On April 5, 1999, Serbian police found a truck half-submerged in the Danube River. It was filled with human bodies. Under orders, the police hid the truck and its contents. Two weeks later, on the other side of Serbia, a similar grisly discovery was made, and the same course of action ordered. Only years later, when the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia investigated and prosecuted the chief architects of the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo, would an explanation emerge. These cases, which formally came to a close in 2014, exposed a secret campaign to hide terrible crimes by transporting and concealing the bodies of the dead. Eliott Behar tells the true story of what unfolded, examining the causes and consequences of mass violence and identifying the disturbing connection between the justice we seek and the injustices we commit.

About the Author

Eliott Behar grew up in Toronto. A long-standing interest in human rights and criminal justice led him to a career as a Crown Attorney where he prosecuted cases ranging from fraud to murder. In 2008 he became a war crimes prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. He now lives in San Francisco. 

 


  
 
 

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