On November 15, the European Court of Human Rights began hearings in the case of Saramati v. France, Germany and Norway. Between April 2001 and October 2002, Mr. Saramati, a Kosovar of Albanian origin, was detained by orders of UNMIK and KFOR officers who were of French, German or Norwegian nationality. He was convicted of attempted murder but his conviction was later quashed by the Supreme Court of Kosovo and a re-trial was ordered. Mr. Saramati claims that France, Germany and Norway violated several provisions of the European Convention of Human Rights related to life and security on one hand and to fair trial on the other. More information is available here.
On November 15, the European Court of Human Rights began hearings in the case of Behrami v. France. Mr. Behrami, a Kosovar, alleges Franceâ€™s responsibility for the death of one of his sons and for serious injuries suffered by his second son. Both events occurred in 2000 while the two children were playing with unexploded cluster bombs, dropped during the NATO bombing raids of 1999. During the operation France was in command of multinational forces operating in the sector. More information about the case is available here.