THREATS TO CIVIC SPACE IN B&H
Recently we contributed to two online discussions led by Balkan Civil Society Development Network and European Policy Center on the urgent threats to civic space in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the functioning of democratic institutions in the Western Balkans, respectively. The re-criminalization of defamation and the announced ‘foreign agents’ law represent setback for our country of over two decades and major backslides in its path towards EU accession.
Last month, we joined two regional events discussing and celebrating human rights activism and modern media challenges. Our Velma Šarić took part in the regional celebration of the work of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) in Belgrade, while our Amina Sejfić took part in the International Conference VerityCon 2023 in Tirana.
INTERGROUP RELATIONS AFTER VIOLENT CONFLICT
Earlier this fall, PCRC's Velma Šarić and Sabina Čehajić-Clancy joined the inaugural workshop of the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Identity Politics at Harvard University, led by Professor Melani Cammett. Entitled Intergroup Relations After Violent Conflict: Insights from Research and Practice, the workshop brought together leading researchers and practitioners who design, study, and/or implement interventions to improve intergroup relations after violence from Europe and the world.
THE BENEFITS OF EU MEMBERSHIP
PCRC's interns joined a workshop organized by Slovak Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovak youth organization Zmudri.sk discussing the benefits of EU membership from the perspective of Slovakia and the fight against disinformation. Looking forward to more collaborative initiatives fostering mutual understanding and cooperation.
To provide our interns with a deeper understanding of post-war life in affected towns in Eastern Bosnia, we joined their trips to Srebrenica, Bratunac, Turovi village, Foča, Kalinovik, Goražde, and Višegrad. This experience aimed to enhance their knowledge of the war crimes in these locations. Moreover, the interns had the invaluable opportunity to engage in conversations with survivors, enriching their perspective and fostering a more comprehensive understanding of the historical context.
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