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The role of universitites in peacebuilding

Bosnia and Herzegovina:

The role of universitites in peacebuilding

A regional conference for universities adopted the Sarajevo Declaration on the Role of Higher Education and Civil Society in Education for Peace on 20 March 2014. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee organized the regional conference “The role of universities in peacebuilding” in Sarajevo on 20 March together with our local partners as part of our project Build Bridges, not Walls.

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Peace education on location

Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Peace education on location

As a part of the Norwegian Helsinki Committees efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we are implementing the project “Peace Education on Location”, in cooperation with the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska. The project is supported by USAID.

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The role of universities in peacebuilding

Human rights education:

The role of universities in peacebuilding

As part of the NHC project on the role of Universities in peacebuilding, a conference was held 19-20 April in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aim of the conference was to initiate a dialogue on how universities can contribute to build and promote peace in the region. The University of Tuzla is one of five partner universities from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo, that participates in the project Build Bridges not Walls: the Role of the Universities in Peacebuilding.

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NHC staff and partners at Human Rights Human Wrongs

Mapping Genocide:

NHC staff and partners at Human Rights Human Wrongs

The film festival Human Rights Human Wrongs, Scandinavia’s only film festival dedicated to human rights, was arranged for the fourth time February 6-10. Speakers included Alma Masic from the organization Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and NHC staff Akhmed Gisaev and Inna Sangadzhiyeva. In cooperation with the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, the NHC also arranged visits by Alma Masic to two high schools to promote and inform about the project “Srebrenica: Mapping Genocide”.

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“Building bridges not walls” in Mostar and Novi Pazar

Universities and peacebuilding:

“Building bridges not walls” in Mostar and Novi Pazar

The role of universities in peacebuilding has been dicussed in the Western Balkans as part of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee program “Building bridges not walls – The role of universities in peacebuilding”.

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The politics of Cultural Heritage in the Western Balkans: Destruction, Reconstruction and an Ongoing War of Symbols

Invitation to the seminar::

The politics of Cultural Heritage in the Western Balkans: Destruction, Reconstruction and an Ongoing War of Symbols

In the Bosnian war ethnic cleansing was directed not only against civilian populations, but also against religious buildings and other traces of existence of the cleansed groups from captured areas. After the war there has been a struggle between the idea to resurrect and reconstruct the symbols of the past and the idea to erect novel symbols and buildings reflecting the politics of identity and the cultural supremacy of the dominant group. In other Western Balkan states there seems to be an upsurge in religious and nationalist symbols demarcating a particular territory for a dominant nation.

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Regional meeting on the role of universities in peacebuilding held in Sarajevo

Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia:

Regional meeting on the role of universities in peacebuilding held in Sarajevo

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee held a regional meeting in Sarajevo about the program Build Bridges not Walls that has been initiated at the universities in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the role of the universities in peacebuilding with all interested parties in the program, including university professors, student union representatives and NGOs.

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Need to challenge Milorad Dodik, President of republika Srpska

Need to challenge Milorad Dodik, President of republika Srpska

Norwegian Helsinki Committee has written a letter concerning a forthcoming lecture by Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Colombia University. The letter points to Colombia University's responsibilities to challenge Mr Dodik on his denials of genocide in Srebrenica as well as his obstructions of war crimes prosecutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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NHC participating at HDIM in Warszaw

OSCE:

NHC participating at HDIM in Warszaw

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is actively and well represented at this years' OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw. In our interventions at the meeting we will focus on freedom of religion in Central Asia, rule of law in Azerbaijan, Belarus and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and freedom of expression in Macedonia, Bosnia and Serbia. We are organising a side-event on lack of justice after major human rights violations in Russia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Additionally we organise a side-event on strikers' rights in Kazakhstan and we are also co-organising a side-event with particular focus on Ales Bialiatski and the release of political prisoners in Belarus. Below you will find links to the HDIM webpage, all documents from our side-events and interventions and other relevant links.

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Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina:

New president elected

(15/11-2010) On Saturday, November 13, 2010, Vera Jovanović was elected as the new president of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Intercultural understanding and human rights at universitites in Bosnia Herzegovina

(13/09-2010) Mr. Jan Braathu, the Norwegian Ambassador in Bosnia Herzegovina, took part at the conference Intercultural understanding and human rights at Universities in Bosnia Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

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Execution of criminal sanctions in Bosnia and Herzegovina

(29/03-2010) The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina reports on monitoring of the execution of criminal sanctions in the country.

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NHC adressing the Rule of Law in Bosnia and Herzegovina

(29/09-2009) This years Human Dimension Implementing Meeting is currently taking place in Warszaw, Poland.

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Human Rights Schools Coordinator's Meeting in Oslo

(19/12-2007) Regional and local human rights school coordinators from the West Balkan countries are gathered in Oslo this weekend to discuss and plan their work for the upcoming year.

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Police failed to protect:

Helsinki Committee activist shot dead in Bosnia

(23/02-2007) Dusko Kondor from the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Bijelina, Republika Srpska, was shot dead on his doorstep in the late evening of 22 February 2007.

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Final report released:

Human Rights and Destruction of Cultural Memory: the Stolac case

(17/08-2005) During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-1995), the town of Stolac became a symbol of "cultural murder": the attempt to blot an entire ethnic group out from public memory by systematically destroying their cultural heritage.

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Srebrenica seminar Thursday, April 21:

A wound in European history - 10 years on

(19/04-2005) The massacres in Srebrenica constitute the first genocide in Europe to be recognised by an international legal mechanism since World War II.

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