Visits to churches and mosques

Students of Sixth elementary school in Mostar are jointly paying visit to religious institutions in order to learn about coexistence and religion of their friends from school.

”Visiting mosques and churches has taught me that our differences should not be a source of separation but connection. I have learned that we all need to play and hang around together”, said eleven year old Džana after visiting orthodox and catholic church and a mosque. Read more

Summer School ”Challenge History”

The Swiss Helsinki Committee and its project partners1 are pleased to announce the call for applications for the Summer School “Challenge History” which will take place from 16 to 21 July 2017 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are inviting open-minded students in the third grade of High Schools from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo2 to apply for the Summer School. The six-day event will enable its participants: Read more

Friendship Alley in Nevesinje

Volunteers and friends of Konjic region together with OKO volunteers (Organization of creative gathering) planted 50 maple seedlings which formed an alley of friendship. This act from last week gave a permanent characteristic to more beautiful look of the city and sent a message of working on common goals in future. Read more

Call for ”Kuvi Dialogue”

Program ‘’Constructive use of veteran experience – Kuvi’’ is conducted in cooperation with Center for war trauma from Novi Sad. Basic idea of this program is to offer approaches and models for quality use of war experience for common good and sustainable peace building in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Models which are combined of experience and knowledge as a result of previous work offer new ways of work and different approaches regarding specific target groups. This one particularly is based upon opening of the dialogue between veterans and young people. Read more

Coming back to Kupres

The refugee repatriated village called Ravno in Kupres is one of the places that were demolished to the grounds during the war in BiH. Only few inhabitants live in extremely harsh conditions, almost unimaginable in the 21st century.

The village Ravno is located on Kupres plateau and spreads on approximately 10 km in length. It is a home to fewer than 50 families of Bosniak and Serbian nationality. That is just a quarter when compared to 200 families living there in 1991. The only income for them is cattle breeding, it’s just about surviving another day, as one of the inhabitants Bajro Kmetaš explains: Read more

The Global Campus Conference 2017

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. Read more

Call for papers Summer Conference

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. Read more

Youth for Peace

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. Read more