Conflict is the business of Balkans leaders – and business is good!
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One brief look at the situation in most countries of south-eastern Europe is enough to notice the painful similarities. Corruption, poor regard for rule of law, media serving interest of politics and shady economies. As if this weren’t enough, people continue to live with a feeling of imminent conflict despite over 15 years passed since last bullets were fired. Take any of the countries; Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro or Serbia, and you won’t find any real democracy there. Even if they come to power through an (often debatable) election, the ruling elites then engage in any sort of activity, legal or illegal, just to maintain power. And if the everyday speculations, manipulations and various trickeries don’t do the job, they can and they will resort to the good old fashioned warmongering and blaming ‘bad neighbors’ any time they face a bit more serious threat.
The Global Campus Conference 2017 – ”Liquid reconciliation: Global perspectives, Glocal realities” (Sarajevo, April 4-6) is focused on the nexus between human rights protection and the perspective of reconciliation in divided societies. The conditions under which reconciliation and the defense of human rights are treated depend on a variety of aspects, according to the historical events and the individual tragedies experienced in each country/region. Therefore, the comparative approach is the mark for each proposed panel of the conference. The key concepts the conference will tackle are memory, justice and the role of the truth and reconciliation commissions, dealing with the past as well as empathy, forgiveness and the social cleavages.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies
Conference “Restoring peace: building post-conflict societies”
Date: July 3, 2017
Place: Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Academic interest in peace building has traditionally looked at societies in transition to peace in the immediate years following a conflict. Yet, less is known about peace building as a long-term process. This conference aims to explore the ways that a multiplicity of actors and processes advance peace and stability in societies overcoming conflict. It also seeks to interrogate not only traditional issues related to peacebuilding such as security, human rights and economic development, but also aspects related to the symbolic and cultural expressions of reconciliation and social cohesion.
The WORLD PEACE CONFERENCE 2017 will focus on how to prevent and mediate conflict. It is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and solutions with professionals from government, business, healthcare, media, and faith-based organizations. Diverse perspectives will challenge our thinking.
Dajana Dejanović and Antonela Opačak are members of the organization Youth for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was established in 2014. ” We have established an organization with a desire to be led by young people for young people, in accordance with the needs of this population”, says Antonela Opačak. All of them who gathered around this idea were part of the civil society, either through the formal work in organizations or volunteering.
Many people would like to be remembered by doing something – making an impact in the world, inventing a cure for incurable disease, or perhaps doing something simpler like planting a tree with friends or recovering long forgotten photography of family.
Considering the latter, officials from the European Parliament really came up with something. According to site information, My House of European History is a ‘’unique collaborative project incorporating your testimonies on Europe’’. It is a platform where people from Europe can upload and share their stories and memories in a way of pictures, audio and video recordings, movies and documents.
The path to reconciliation is a multifaceted, multi-layered, inter-active process with no specific time limit. It is not an absolute nor restorative but forward looking one, building new, stronger relationships reaching into the future. This wide-ranging project masterminded by the Bosnian Youth and Communication Center and other civil society organisations reflects this admirably.
20.000 Serbs went from Mostar during and after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 22 years ago, there were close to 24,000 Serbs in this city, today there are only four. One Serb Radivoje Krulj, the priest of the Serbian Ortodox Church, has decided to move to this town. Despite devastating statistics of his people, the priest is doing everything to make Mostar nice place to live for all of its citizens.
Youth Communication Centre from Banjaluka published a call for two experts regarding the project “Divided past-Joint future”, financed by European Union.
“Divided Past – Joint Future” is the project implemented by Youth Communication Centre (YCC) located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, together with 17 partners (7 IPA beneficiary countries plus Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Netherland). Project consortium involves CSOs, research institutes, foundations, resources center and Erasmus NAs, 25 associated business partners. Duration of the project is 48 months (starting date 1st January 2016)
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